Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people. Acts 24:16
During my years as a lacrosse goalie, it was very difficult to let go of whatever had unfolded on the field. Following a game, I would often remember the shots that went in, far longer than those that were stopped — it was as though I had a photographic memory playing through my head over and over again. There is a great spirit of competitiveness that made it difficult for me to let go of things, so whether it was my responsibility or not, I always strived to improve and continued to use those mental images as motivation to grow and not repeat the same mistakes again in the future.
While this mindset was valuable in my pursuit to become the best that I could be athletically, it is far more challenging to have that same focus and intensity in our spiritual lives. It’s easy to hold others to very high standards, but to let yourself off the hook regarding your own shortcomings. One thing that I try to routinely do is to look back and evaluate my thoughts, words and actions over the last 24 hours of each day. I am sure if you are reading this and know me well, maybe you have been the recipient of a delayed apology after God showed me a better way of handling myself.
In the book of Acts, Paul is an excellent role model, and as I read about his life I find great inspiration in the miraculous ways that God used him. As incredibly unique as his life was, I also deeply respect the simple things that he did that I am able to learn from and attempt to apply to my own life. One of my favorite verses is Acts 24:16 where Paul says I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people. As I look back at my life, I am thankful that God has allowed me to take this desire I have to have a clear conscience before others and Him to help me learn from my mistakes and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, become a little bit more like Him in my thoughts, decisions and actions. I know that I’ll never be perfect — and that’s all the more reason to strive on.
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