I Blew It
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly..—Luke 22:61-62
This was perhaps the lowest moment of Peter's life—to have heard Jesus' prediction and to refute it. Then only a few short hours later deny like Jesus said he would. It's one of those I told you so moments. No one likes these moments, including me.
But what is especially heartbreaking here is that the shackled Lord turns and "looked at Peter." I wonder what that look looked like? Was it a condescending glare? An aimless glance? Or a look of love? I assume it was a look that said, "Peter look at what I am doing for you; what are you willing to do for me?" I assume this is probably the case since, after the resurrection, Jesus is quick to reinstate and reclaim the broken heart of Peter.
We should not live perpetually in disappointment when we blow it, because guess what, you are going to blow it. Learn and keep moving forward. Jesus is eager for you to pick up your cross and follow him.
DO THIS: Tell God you blew it, and keep moving forward today.
PRAY THIS: God, I recently blew it. Please look upon me today with grace and wash me with your forgiveness to live another day empowered in love.