Hitting the wall

My poor pirate Jackson after he had crashed into a wall

My poor pirate Jackson after he crashed into a wall

Lauren finished cleaning her room, and rushed out to announce her achievement to the family. She grabbed me by the arm to come see, and once I had closed my eyes, she began to lead me back. Jackson decided to come too, and held my hand on the way. I had one eye open to make sure I wouldn’t run into anything, because Lauren is notoriously dangerous about guiding people when their eyes are shut. What I didn’t expect was that Jackson had followed Lauren’s instructions to “close your eyes.” A loud smack caused me to jump, and Jackson crashed to the floor.

My son was depending on me to guide him, and instead he cracked his head on the wall.

I held my sobbing son, saying over and over in between kisses, “I am so sorry. I didn’t know you had your eyes closed! I didn’t know.”

We often have no clue who is watching us, following us and trusting us. In this case, that resulted in collateral damage. As Christians, how we journey through this life matters. Our testimony matters.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) In other words, follow me as I follow Jesus. We may not always know who is watching, but we can intimately know who WE are watching. When our eyes lock on Christ, and our heart and purpose is to literally walk in His footsteps, those following behind us will move closer to Jesus instead of into a wall.

We may not always get it right. In fact, we will all get scrapes and bruises along the way. We will have moments when we must beg for forgiveness. Yet, God is faithful. He will be there to scoop us up and dry our tears and help us begin again.

Today, consider who is following you. Maybe it’s a friend, a spouse, a child, a co-worker or a neighbor. Determine to fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2), and invite those people to join you on your journey.

Thankful: God is faithful and just to forgive

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

– 1 John 1:9

Today, I am thankful that God is faithful and just to forgive my sins.

When I confess, He will forgive. God has already paid the penalty for my sin. That was finished on the cross. This verse promises me that God is faithful and just in His application of forgiveness. When I come to Him, God will never leave me stranded or alone or destitute. He is faithful and sure to forgive when I turn away from my sin and turn to Him. He will not cast me aside, no matter how filthy my life is.

When He cleanses me, and washes off the dust of sin (and caked-on mud and dirt underneath my fingernails), His justice prevails. God does what He has decided is right, by making me right with Him again. He is holy, and has called me to be holy. So, God forgives and washes away my unrighteousness.

I am clean because of Jesus! My sins are forgiven because of God’s faithfulness and justice.

And that is why I can face every day with confidence and security in Christ, living in the freedom of God’s forgiveness.