"The best and the worst things you hear about him are both true."
Sir Thomas Blamey writing about General McArthur
My husband read this quote in a military history book. When he shared it, I thought "how true this is for all of us."
If you polled all the people who've known me, you'd get both good and bad reports. A few would give unfair criticisms, but a good number of negative criticisms about me would be true.
Think of King David. He did awful and wonderful things in his life, but his life is remembered as godly because he had a remarkable ability to repent and re-prioritize his relationship with the Lord.
The same is true for us. We are going to sin, disappoint, and get off track at times. And the wisest way to deal with our sins and mistakes is to repent and re-prioritize.
As David, may we say: Create in us pure hearts, O God, and renew steadfast spirits within us. Grant us willing spirits (Psalm 51:10-12).