As I sat at a stop sign today I noticed a wooden electricity pole standing on the corner next to my car.
Hundreds of rusty staples, nails and thumb tacks covered portions of the pole. It was obvious that it had been used to hang signs, people announcing their needs: work, help finding a lost pet, a car for sale, a house for rent.
They knew that if they hung their need on that piece of wood, there was a much better chance that their need would be met.
If I hang my need on that piece of wood, there is a much better chance that my need will be met. http://bit.ly/1SwWSFt
Staring at the brown, aged staples and nails, I decided that I too wanted to hang my needs upon a wooden pillar. Something that announced to the world, this is me and this is what I need – forgiveness.
Forgiveness from the only one who can give it and for the sin which makes me so human. I was reminded of the Lord and just what this weekend means to sinners like me. Two thousand years ago when Jesus was nailed to the cross, my sins hung on that cross with Him. Because He bore those sins, I am forgiven. Completely flawed, yet completely forgiven.
Because He bore my sins, I am forgiven. Completely flawed, yet completely forgiven. http://bit.ly/1SwWSFt
So here I hang my sins – as if on a sign that is being nailed onto a blood soaked pillar of wood.
I can be controlling, obsessive and completely unforgiving. I’ve fought with my husband, yelled at the kids, kicked the dogs and displayed road rage (a lot).
I been known to keep my mouth shut when others talk badly about a friend, include myself in, or lead conversations that are nothing less than gossip-fests and I’ve judged others for the way they dress, act, talk or for any other reasons my “friends” and I saw fit.
Sometimes I cuss, have a drink or two on a rare occasion and once pretended to smoke a cigarette. I can be prideful, arrogant, judgmental, demanding and short tempered, hateful, spiteful and revengeful and every other bad character trait that you can possibly imagine.
I am human, and I am flawed.
Today I reflect on Jesus' death.
And I celebrate His resurrection!