Radical Acceptance (Love Nation Day 11)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” – Jesus – John 10:10-11

Today I ran across an article from the Huffington Post on Facebook that my cousin reposted. It talked about a concept called “Radical Acceptance.” The Huffington Post cites a therapeutic methodology developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington called Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT to describe this way of thinking. The idea is that we cannot dwell on “what could have been,” rather we must realize what is and simply, radically, accept it. I can’t say it’s a new concept but rather a newly verbalized one.

But here’s my question for us. Have we accepted reality? The good, the ok, and the bad? Or are we living on what might have been? Maybe we’d still be married if only we’d… We’d still have our kids if… If only… From the time we’re kids we want to be able to go back in time and correct our mistakes. And I guess that’s what mistakes are for. For the learning of lessons. Still, it’s hard to endure punishment when you realize it didn’t have to be. Our actions have consequences, and sometimes they’re hard to accept. But to not accept them is to live in a dream world of an alternate reality. To not accept what is, is to decide not to learn. It’s to decide to skip the reality of what could be greater for a dream of what could have been.

And that leads to another question. Have you radically accepted the reality of Christ? He’s the only way we don’t have to look back on our mistakes and wish for what could be. Because He’s the only one that can, that has erased those mistakes. What could have been if humans had never erred? We could be living in a perfect world. Jesus wouldn’t have died. We could meet God face to face. But then… Jesus did die. And that’s a reality. But there’s a new reality. Jesus rose from the dead. There’s a new reality. Your sins are forgiven. There’s a new reality… Your mistakes don’t define your eternal future. Have you accepted that? Have you accepted that Jesus makes everything greater. Have you accepted that the consequences of those mistakes can be erased. Have you accepted that we can meet our Creator face to face. It’s radical and it’s awesome. It’s a radically awesome acceptance and it will change everything about you. Because Jesus loves you. There’s a new reality!

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” – Jesus – John 10:27-30

May your life be radical,
Jake

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