Our daughter, Carson, is a beautiful young woman…inside and out.
If I can brag a little- she recently won a special senior superlative at her high school…”Most Likely to Brighten Your Day.”
But something interesting happened to her recently. Carson went to a Walgreens to get a passport photo taken. She looked at the camera and gave a big, natural smile. Upon seeing this, the photographer told her that she wasn’t allowed to smile for passport photos. He explained that foreign authorities felt that international travel was a serious activity- and smiles and frivolity weren’t allowed on the passport photo.
So she didn’t smile. And as you can see from the photo- it came out like a mug shot.
Carson later learned learned that the photographer was playing a joke on her. There’s no rule about having a serious look on your face for the passport photo. But there it was- the completed work showed my daughter without her trademark glow and radiant smile.
It appears that she isn’t so happy at all.
Doesn’t this happen to all of us? We can sometimes get labeled by our failures…and a single action at a given point of time can linger with us for a long time. It may be a failed marriage. It could be a bad situation at work that has stayed with us for far too long. A single instance can make a long-lasting impression.
But we are never labeled for our failures with God.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
God is faithful. He forgives. His love cleanses us from past mistakes. We don’t have to worry about the failures. We have forgiveness.
This week I’m praying about the “mug shots” in my past. I want to move beyond my mistakes, learn from them and become a more complete being in Jesus Christ.
And let me know how I may pray for you.