There are times when we miss the mark – and then there are times when we miss the mark in really big ways! Sometimes we miss the mark in ways so big that we think that’s the end of the story. When we miss in really big ways, we can let others down; we can let ourselves down; and we can let God down.
In part 2 (Beyond the Miss) of CCC’s Hit & Miss series, a guy named Peter found himself in this exact situation. He had missed in a really big way in his relationship with Jesus. He had let Jesus down; he had let himself down; he had let others down; and he had let God down (even though Jesus was God…which is a blog post for another time).
Fortunately for Peter, his miss was not the end of the story – because God is a God of second chances.
Take a few minutes to read this part of Peter’s story in Matthew 26:33-75 and John 21:1-25 and the next step of considering the following questions about how a really big “miss” doesn’t have to be the end of the story.
- How have you missed the mark?
- In what ways are you like Peter?
- Do you think Peter loved Jesus? Why or why not?
- What should Peter have done after Jesus’ arrest?
- How did Jesus show that he loved Peter?
- How has Jesus shown that he loves you? How has he shown you grace?
- Why would Jesus ask Peter 3 times if he loved Him?
- What do you believe is God’s “call” on your life? Have you chosen to answer it?
- What next steps will you take to “hit the mark” in relationship with God?
Without question, there are consequences when we miss – whether in small or really big ways. Those decisions cannot be taken back and many of the consequences can never be undone. Sometimes we have to live with the consequences while living beyond the consequences. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story.
Jesus restored Peter to relationship and entrusted a huge role in the launch of the early church and the advancement of Jesus’ mission. Peter’s miss wasn’t the end of the story – and our “misses” don’t have to be the end of our stories either.
Today is Monday – make it a day that you move beyond the miss and into the grander story God is writing with you.