goodness installed from the get-go

The smack of the glass cracking woke me from the frenzy. My little six-year-old arm was still up in the air, fresh from flinging my 1980’s hair elastic (the kind with the two plastic balls) at my mom’s head.
Luckily, I had missed her.
Not so luckily, I had hit the etched glass window in our front door. A long winding crack ran up the right side, evidence of my fit. I don’t remember why I was mad, but I do remember how quietly my mom sat me down on the couch.  Couldn’t she just yell?

My parents replaced the beautiful etched-glass window with a plain one.  Every time I looked at it, I was struck at its functionality, but also knew that I had destroyed something beautiful.  That’s how I see sin working on the human side of things.  God forgives us, but sometimes we have to clean up the mess we’ve made.  Sometimes we have to pay a penalty, rebuild a trust, put in a new window.  And sometimes, things and relationships are broken irreparably.

Our relationship with God doesn’t work that way.

As far as the east is from the west is how far God has removed our sins from us (Psalm 103:12).  So no matter how guilty we may feel, no matter how beautiful the thing we’ve destroyed, God sees goodness shining through us, goodness installed from the get-go, goodness to be shared through our relationships with each other and our relationship with God.


What are 10 things you’re grateful for today?  Stop for a sec and make a list.

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