John the Baptist said the following as he was baptizing people in
the Jordan River: "The real action comes next: The star in this
drama, to whom I'm a mere stagehand, will change your life.
I'm baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for
a kingdom life. His baptism - a holy baptism by the Holy
Spirit - will change you from the inside out."
Mark 1:7-8 (The Message)
And he really will change you from the inside out! In magnificent ways! Not in boring, dull ways! My life today is filled with so much joy! Sure, I have painful times, even gut-wrenching times, but in the midst of it all, I have total joy knowing that this is all temporary.
Sure, I make mistakes - sometimes dreadful mistakes that cause me incredible angst - but, I can seek forgiveness and know I am forgiven (sometimes it's really difficult to forgive myself, though). God has made incredible changes in my heart in the past couple of years. I am not the same person I was 3 yrs ago. I am nowhere near perfect, but I am most definitely forgiven!