There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced out in the woods, but he could never hit a target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back, he saw Grandma's pet duck.
Out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in a wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally has seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch the next day, Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered to Johnny, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny helped with dishes.
After several days, of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave out of you."
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done, whatever the devil keeps throwing it in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, anger, bitterness, etc)... you need to know that God has been standing at the window and has watched the whole thing. He has seen your whole life, and He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave out of you.
The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It's by God's grace and mercy that we are saved. Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today by choosing to love and forgive, no matter what they do or did. Always remember, God is at the window.
Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose today, and is coming back tomorrow.