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**Despite this being my business site, I will sometimes use it as an outlet to say what I am feeling. I mean my name is Mic and my business is OpenMicDesigns and they are pretty much the same thing. Besides, this post is what inspired an entire new Sermon Series Idea (that will eventually be linked to here) and will be available in the Shop when it is finally opened (fingers crossed within a week or two.)

So let the OpenMic part begin.

It was three years ago today that my life drastically changed. It was never the plan. But nevertheless it did. At the time I felt every single emotion I think humanly possible. It is a weird thing to exhibit every single emotion in the midst of a single day. However, after my mind cleared and emotions calmed what remained was fear, remorse, guilt, and a lack of self-worth. I wish I could tell you that three years later all is right with the world. I wish I could say that those feelings no longer exist in my life and mind. But I can’t. What I can say though…is that those emotions no longer control me. I had lived in those emotions and it took a toll on my personality and my outlook. Luckily, like I said they no longer control me. Now, I have my moments, but I have for the majority of the time replaced those emotions with joy, grace, forgiveness, and surrounding myself around those who love like Jesus do. People who support me, push me, and walk beside me.

I truly believe it is healthy to have a dose of those emotions to still exist somewhat in my life because they keep me humble. For it is the things that have happened already that helps shape and mold what is to come. I am on a path of the man I want to become. The man of God I was designed to be. I took a detour. It was a long one, but a detour still gets you back on the path you intended for. The unfortunate part is we live in a world that only looks at the negative things and the areas of our mistakes and our sins and we are instantly able to size someone up and forever cast them into the depths of hell. No matter how much good someone has done we are ultimately defined by our pasts all too often. The prophet Ezekiel says this in chapter 18:24; “If those who do the right thing and turn from righteousness and engage in the same detestable practices that the wicked committed, can they do these things and live?¬†None of their righteous deeds will be remembered” (my¬†emphasis added).

And though this is not an ‘always’ thing, it is for a huge majority of the world. One mistake – one sin – and you will always be type-casted and judged and defined by it. But thank God for his promises and the good news of Jesus Christ.

We all are given New Beginnings!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has gone, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s not what the world around us sees, it is about what God sees in us. He has this vision for our lives and He sent his Son to redeem me and you. What God sees is a beloved child whom He loves dearly. Sin and all. We all have New Beginnings – so may we remember the promises of God over the judgement of people.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or troubled. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

To all the people who are in my life. Let me say this… THANK YOU! Though all of the last three years is kind of a blur, and not exactly where I ever saw myself being it is because of you that I no longer live in the fear, the guilt, the remorse, or the lack of self-worth. There will never be words that can truly show the amount of gratitude I have for you. Just know that one day I look forward to showing you how much I appreciate you and love you. Let us all embrace the New Beginnings we have in Jesus Christ and make a huge difference in the world.

God Bless,
Mic

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