Today some friends and I will be addressing, printing, folding, stuffing, sealing and stamping letters and envelopes. As much as we might want the letter to arrive if one of those steps gets missed the letters will not likely reach their destination.
Of course we could be sincere, earnest, dependable and determined. but…
… if the address is wrong it won’t reach the intended readers
… if the print is illegible the readers can’t read it
… if the folds are in the wrong places the letters won’t fit
… if the letters are stuffed in a haphazard way they won’t seal
… if the “seal” on the envelope doesn’t seal the letter may fall out
… if the stamp is not affixed the letter will not be delivered
If our letters do not arrive at their destination we could complain all we want, but if we don’t accept responsibility for our part in the problem we’re only fooling ourselves and misplacing the blame.
Our lives are the same way. Regardless of what we want to have happened, but didn’t, or wish would happen, but won’t, we need to deal with the truth. “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1
It’s Finals Week
While almost all teens wish school was over, most are dreading their final projects and exams. Far too many blame others during these stressful days.
“Your teacher needs to prepare and present materials so you can learn the subject, but it’s…not the teacher who’s suffering when you don’t choose to study.”
“Your parent needs to provide an environment conducive to doing homework and studying, but it’s…not your parent’s fault you chose not to turn in your homework.”
Face to face with people, it’s hard to know how to lovingly express, “You’re lying to yourself!” It’s important for all of us to stop lying to ourselves about the pain we’re causing ourselves and others.
God wants to set us free. Not free from fun, but free from the traps that so easily entangle us.
“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” 2
Death can be slow like a crumbling relationship or an addiction which is burying it’s first roots. Death can be catastrophic like a car accident caused by a drunk driver, someone impatiently running a “very yellow light”, or a teen texting.
Jesus reminded us of the importance of embracing reality when he said, “God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.” 3
Please God help us is mysilentscream.
1 – 1 John 1:8-9, NLT
2 – 2 Corinthians 7:10, NLT
3 – Matthew 5:3, NLT