Shared by Sara Ritter
I’m not perfect.
I’ve done things I’m not proud of and said things that have hurt people. As much as I wish I could take those things back, the truth is I am grateful for those experiences because of the lessons learned from them. They shaped me. Maybe I don’t like who I was then, but I love who I am now.
My soul song is “Forget And Not Slow Down” by Relient K because it reminds me that through Christ I am continually made new. My past is in the past. The burdens I find myself carrying – resentment, guilt, shame, a sense of worldliness that gradually creeps in – don’t have to weigh me down. Those things don’t define me, even though they try from time to time.
I can’t remember the first time I heard this song but I remember how it made me feel, because I still get the same feeling when I hear this song – it feels like coming up for air or like a layer of dust being blown off of my soul and getting this moment of, “Oh, there I am.”
There isn’t a specific lyric or phrase that stands out to me, either. From “how many times can I push it aside” to “pour over me and wash my hands of it”, every word of this song speaks directly to me and it reminds me of 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
I’ve made mistakes but this song reminds me that what matters most right now is whatever I do next.
This post is part of our Lenten devotional series “Songs of the Soul” – learn more at gslcwi.com/lent