Tuesday, February 23, 2010


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NIV).

“Oops,” I said as I took the scissors to my mother’s hair.
“Somehow that doesn’t give me a lot of confidence,” she said.
Some days oops flow like lava, one mistake melting into another.  I lose confidence that I will ever get this Christian thing right.
“Oops!  I wish I hadn't spent all that money.” I comment as I return from shopping, having been unable to resist those 50 percent off sales promotions. When I examine my purchases, I realize I could have easily done without many of the items purchased.
 “Oops, I wish I had stuck to my diet,” I moan when I step on the scales, wishing I had not eaten that second piece of Black Forest cake.
Our spiritual lives seem as imperfect as our shopping sprees and sugary feasts.
“Oops, I wish I hadn't said that hurtful remark,” I chastise myself after hurling my spouse’s mislaid sneakers across the room.  
As oops spill, I wonder if it’s even possible to live a holy life.  I waste hours in self-incrimination until God pulls at my spiritual ears to get my attention.
“Enough with the apologies,” God tells me.  He reminds me that holiness is an attitude, a desire for the things of God.
“Holiness is not perfection,” God reminds me.
 “You will still make mistakes,” He tells me. “Holiness is a seeking after the things I want to give you. Wallowing in your oops is wasted energy. Remember, I have a remedy. Give me your oops and I will exchange them for peace.”
Have you ever struggled with the oops?
Ponder me back.

1 comment:

Nike Chillemi said...

Ooops I wish I had stuck to my diet is one of mine.

Ooops I wish I hadn't snapped at the kids or at hubby. Wish I wasn't so stressed too.

I'm really glad holiness isn't perfection. :)