I must admit that today’s challenge was a stretch for me. While I am plenty ready to admit to not being perfect, I was the one who spent childhood with nicknames like “goody-two-shoes” (Aren’t two shoes better than one?) and “nerd” (no, not the candy). I like to think it is wise to learn from your mistakes—what’s the point of doing something wrong more than once, if you can help it? And even better is to learn from the mistakes of others who have gone before: ask lots of questions, scrutinize history, look for a better way.
Sure, I am human, just like the rest of us. I have been in more trouble than I care to have been. Once I got to thinking, though, one thought stood out far above any other. I have managed to avoid jail and speeding tickets; I have never broken any bones; I have tried to treat others with respect.
But my life is stained.
I find myself in a trap that I cannot free myself from. My natural tendency is to even do right for selfish reasons. I’ll feel bad if I don’t. Someone might think less of me…Maybe I’ll get repaid in kind later…
As a very young child, I learned about a man named Jesus. He loves me. He loves me so much, in fact, that years ago He died to save me.
You see, the worst trouble I’ve ever been in had condemned me to the sentence of eternal death—eternal separation from a loving God, my Creator. The Bible says, “All have sinned.” That means me. That means you.
Again it tells us, “The wages of sin is death.” But the good news is next: “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And with that, the worst trouble I’ve ever been in becomes the greatest hope I have ever found! Eternal life with Jesus!
No words can explain the deep hurt we feel, living empty lives, working for “love” or money or this or that. We may get by, but the true happiness is lacking. Friend, I have found it!
By daily reading and contemplating the precious message that God has sent us through His Word, the Holy Bible, while I was once blind, now I see! I have peace that really makes no sense sometimes. God is in control. Yes, on second thought, it does make sense.
Have you found it? The same Jesus who turned my greatest trouble into my greatest joy has paid the price for you, too!
This is why I write. This is why I sing. This is why I so love to teach my precious children, and share the same beautiful message with any who would like to hear through Vacation Bible School, through a booklet, through a blog!
May God bless you, reader, today!