I immediately acted as though I was in a state of total confusion. Although I did not know what the word “placard” meant, in the back of my mind, I was able to immediately suggest what it could have meant and was fearful that I was now going to be in trouble.
Once the officer standing at my car was now questioning me about my placard, my decisions following that moment is what I would like for everyone reading to pay close attention to.
By this time the officer was irate and annoyed with my behavior. He explained how if he wanted to, in the drop of a dime he could have squad cars surrounding me and I told the officer that would not be necessary because I wanted to cooperate with him. I had my phone in my hand and asked the officer if I may call my mother who was the owner of the vehicle. The officer replied no. I quickly pressed a button and called my mother any way. When my mother answered the phone I placed her on speaker and explained that an officer had approached my car and was asking me about a placard. I asked her if she knew what a placard was.
A pedestrian that stopped on the street called 911 to report the officer and shortly following 2 police vehicles and 2 police on bikes came to the scene and the officer released my arms. That day, I was arrested and charged with 3 accounts: the illegal use of a placard, attempting to obstruct justice, and resisting arrest.
How many of you reading this blog have made idiotic decisions or mistakes that you knew were wrong and you have let that incident deter you from moving forward with confidence through your future? This month I wanted to take time to showcase one of my personal idiotic decisions that I made in the past that temporarily deterred me from navigating through my future to remind everyone reading this blog that inspite of what our past may look like, God still has a promising future ahead that awaits.
It is okay to have a past. We all have a past, myself included. It is what helps mold us into who we are. According to the bible, “We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check” (James 3:2 NIV). Learn from your past and let it be a footstool to support you, but never allow it to hold you back from conquering anything in relation to your future.
Own your wrongs and confess your mistakes. One of the most beautiful things that I have discovered through my messups is that they have a tendency to humble me and create a space between myself and God that allow me to repent. “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13 NIV).
We are grateful for every life experience that you have blessed us with thus far: the good, the bad and the ugly. We appreciate every lesson learned through our decisions along the way and thank you for your gracious mercy. May you continue to shower us with encouragement as we own up to our wrongful decisions and step into full acceptance of our past. Please forgive us for our wrongs and use our past as testimony to help others in their future. Use our past as building blocks to strengthen us for our promising future that awaits and guide us along the way. We bind all spirits of determent that may try to hold us back. We bind doubt that may live within us because of our past. We bind humiliation and pray for elevation. We trust you, we trust our process, and we love you more than anything God. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.