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Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
Let It Go
I still remember the 1995 NBA Finals. That year the Houston Rockets played the Orlando Magic for the NBA championship. I didn’t really have a dog in the fight, but the year before, the Rockets had beaten my beloved New York Knicks, so I decided that I would root for Orlando strictly out of spite. Things looked good in the first game. Orlando was ahead in the closing moments, and Nick Anderson, one of the better shooters on the team, was fouled and going to the line to shoot his free throws. Anderson, typically a reliable free throw shooter, proceeded to miss four free throws in a row costing Orlando the game and the series.
Four missed shots in the first game shouldn’t have cost the team the series, but that failure did something to Nick Anderson. He couldn’t shake off the misses. For the rest of the series, he was a shell of himself. The player who was going to be integral to the championship run suddenly could hit the side of a barn with a shot. What’s worse, he was never the same as a player again. Those four missed shots stuck with Nick Anderson for the rest of his career as he faded from being a promising star in the making to Nick “The Brick” Anderson.
Friends, many of us have had Nick Anderson moments in our lives. We have made a mistake or had a failure, and it stuck with us. We keep looking back on it, carrying it with us, and reliving it. We think about it so often that it continues to affect us years later. I want you to know it does not have to be that way. We have all made mistakes, fallen short, and messed up. Your mistakes are not the sum total of who you are and should not define your future. You have to let them go. The best way to let the mistakes of the past go is to take them to the Lord. If you confess your mistakes to the Lord, he will take that monkey off your back and give you a new future. It is up to you though, You can be free, or you can keep carrying the monkey.