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The Story: A King-size Mistake

December 8, 2015
He who dies with the most toys...still dies

He who dies with the most toys…still dies

Location: A modern day living room, not far from church

  • Imagine having EVERYTHING you could possible think of. The latest and greatest iPhone. The most modern computer. A “one-click” shopping account on Amazon. So many Xbox games, you actually have some of them twice because you forgot you already had them when you bought the second one. Surround sound, Bluetooth, AirPlay, you name it.
  • Now imagine one of your closest friends having nothing but an old cassette player with a broken antenna and a ripped speaker. It’s not a lot, but it’s all he has, and he cherishes it.
  • Your heart is burning, your mind is racing… YOU WANT IT! You can’t really explain why, but you can’t stand not having it. It is consuming you. YOU NEED IT!
  • And now imagine you deceiving your friend. He simply “disappears”, so that you can take it from him without having to answer any nasty questions.

Is it too hard to imagine that those who have everything want even more? Is this story a stretch? These are the trials of one of the greatest kings who ever ruled over Israel. I’m glad times have changed and something like this doesn’t happen anymore. Or… does it?

  • Now what sets David apart from many others who have made mistakes? He owns up to his mistakes and truly repents.
  • I know in my personal and professional life I have gotten really good at blaming either the circumstances of someone else for the mistakes I made. Oftentimes these were a factor, but I conveniently used them to ignore or outright deny my role in whatever happened. Because of my fear, shame, and guilt, the most important things I learned from those instances were how to evade my responsibility, live a double life, and push others away.

What would happen if fear, shame, and guilt were replaced by faith, grace, and repentance? What would happen if we were to accept the fact that we are flawed, and that making mistakes is part of what it means to be human? Instead of spending energy making ourselves look better (sometimes at the expense of others), what would happen if we use that energy to lift each other up and support each other? Above all, what would change if we realize that we are not trying to impress other people but follow in the footsteps of Jesus?

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