Recently we remembered the 10 year anniversary of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is something of a solemn day. When I turned on the TV that morning almost every channel was talking about the local and national events marking the memorial services of the day. I was at the airport and there was a lull or hush in the people there. The usual bustling hum of travelers was subdued. The day is now one of remembrance paired with a tangible acknowledgment of the reality that another attack could occur. But there is also a celebratory element. Each TV channel speaks of the memorial services and also of the praise and thankfulness for the volunteers and emergency workers. There are tears of joy regarding the stories of hope and triumph from those connected to the events of 9/11.
I think that day evidences an appropriate way for us to remember what God has done for us with respect to sexual integrity issues. We should remember that he showed up for us at some point along the way and at any moment we could slip back into sin. Some people might say that God has not shown up since the struggle is still very real and present. That is certainly how I felt in my addiction; like God would never show up. But the truth is he was there more than I realized. Some days I didn’t act out and in hindsight I can see it was only by God’s sovereign intervention that I didn’t. That’s how it is for me today too. I realize that He keeps showing up, but at any moment I could choose to go right back into my addiction. We would do well to remember, with an air of solemnity, where we’ve come from and the sin we’ve fallen to. And we would also do well to celebrate the victories and God’s goodness in our lives. We should celebrate the hope we have and the fact that the past doesn’t have the right to define us.
Remember, you are more than the sum total of your bad behavior. God has and will show up.