A starting place for soulwork

I didn’t feel good about my response.
One time in my English 12 class I was passing back essays. When I finished, “Max” said, “Why didn’t I get mine?” Loudly.
“I’ve passed back all the papers I received, Max.”
“I turned it in,” he said even more loudly. “You always lose my papers.”
I counted to ten before responding. But the words spurted out anyway. “Right. And every time I see one of your papers, I throw it away.”
Well, that didn’t help. He stood and started yelling at me. So I asked him to head to the office . . . and that was a messy process I need not develop here.
I stewed for the whole next day. While the young man was belligerent and not responsible about his work, I had escalated the situation by responding in a less-than-diplomatic manner.
So, the next day at the beginning of class I said something like this: “Guys, before we get started, I need to apologize to Max for embarrassing him in front of the class. It was wrong of me to do that. Will you forgive me, Max?”
“Mrs. McHenry, it wasn’t your fault. I’m sorry too. And I found my essay in my locker.”
Confession brings about restoration–of our relationship with one another and with the One True God.
Nehemiah must have known that. After the walls were rebuilt around Jerusalem, he needed to help tear down any walls of hearts between the people and the Lord, who had led them back to their homeland from exile.
So, we have a chapter-long profession of faith that leads to their confession of sin and a new covenant to follow the Lord.
It is healthy, indeed, to take stock of the bigger picture of God’s hand in our lives. Then to confess anything that keeps us from living godly lives lives–such anger, resentment, and frustration–and profess our devotion to the Lord Who Loves Us.
When we have a #LookingUp! posture, we see things around us differently.
A former educator, Janet McHenry is a speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling 50 Life Lessons for Grads. She would love to serve your group as its next speaker: https://www.janetmchenry.com. 
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