You might have caught the fact from my last post (or from knowing me!) that I am, as Lee and I laughingly say, a recovering legalist. (He's one too.) Legalist...perfectionist... the two seem to go hand in hand. It really bugs me when I fail to live up to my own or others' expectations, and more importantly, what I perceive to be God's expectations.
I caught a conversation between some youth of our church last night that warmed my heart. They had apparently had an animated discussion about original sin during youth group, which spilled over into the hallway afterwards. I don't know the details, but what I thought I heard was some friends encouraging one guy who seemed to be frustrated over his sinful nature. I'll skip the theology of sin for this post, but I'm always glad when people are grieved over their shortcomings. Grief is the open door to grace. But we must be willing to receive it.
This conversation reminded me of a song that has helped me numerous times when I have messed up. So Wayne Watson, bless you! Here's the verse, from "Every Now and Again":
It's good to go down to defeat now and then
To fail at some noble pursuit
To fall short of the prize
And find in His eyes
There's nothing your victory can do
To secure higher favor
Oh, He cannot love you more than now
Winners and losers
all are the same somehow.
Thank you so much, Lord, for every reminder that your love is unconditional, and your grace and mercy are constant.