I have been thinking recently about the impact that Christ's atonement has made on my life. I have understood it at many different levels over the course of my life, and I'm sure I will increase in understanding in the future as well. However, my current understanding seems to have opened of a new chapter in my life. I have recently realized that, because of the atonement, all people -- including me -- are allowed to change. They are allowed to completely change. They are allowed to turn their lives around without having the lingering feeling that their past mistakes are being held over their heads. Christ not only allows, but encourages this! Not only does He encourage this, He actually pleads with us to do this.
What hope! I am allowed to put away my habits, my sins, my bad choices, and start over. You are allowed to do this, too. It's amazing and wonderful! And, if Christ allows this, we must allow everyone the opportunity to change. We can forget past hurts and painful experiences, and allow each other to start over! Wow! I don't know about you, but starting over sounds so sweet to me. I am full of gratitude to and love for the Savior!
I love you!