Monday, January 19, 2009

Ashamed...but forgiven

Today while i was driving back to Gville, as I was coming through New Bern bout to pick up 17, I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar. I was speeding and sure enough, a trooper picked up my trail, flipped on his blue lights and proceeded to give me a ticket.

I have no excuses, even though I thought i was in a 55 when i was in fact in a 50. Or the fact that I speeded up a little more to get myself into the right lane before i missed my exit. I admit I do speed, sometimes blatantly, and I got caught. The trooper wasn't a jerk by any means, he was in fact rather kind.

Getting the ticket and knowing I would need to pay a fine wasn't the worst part. That I was able to cooly handle. Telling my parents was another matter.

We've all felt guilt from getting caught doing wrong. Funny how guilt isn't so strong when we get away with it. Sin works the same way. We think no big deal until others find out, then we feel ashamed. 2 problems with that thinking

1) God knows our every thought, action, and intention. We can't hide anything from Him
2) I learned a long time ago that our sins will surely find us out. If not this side of heaven, all will be revealed on judgement day. Yes even us Christians will be charged for our actions. But Jesus has allready taken our punishment.

And so I called my parents after talking to my Heavenly Father. I expected to be yelled at, to hear "We told you about driving fast", and to hear the burden of having to pay a ticket, when money isnt in steady supply. I got chastised sure, but thankfully my parents saw through to my heart, and forgave me.

Our Father in heaven does too. Even though my parents forgave me, there's still the fine to be paid to Craven County.

Even though God forgives us, the price of sin still must be paid. Jesus however paid all in full when He gave his life on the cross. Will you accept his offer?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

01/08/08...i mean 01/08/09

Been a while since i posted. Sorry bout that. My internet at home is rather impractical unless i don't mind waiting 20 min to be online and additionald drag while surfing. You see we have a deskktop that is barely on its feet after a couple of virus attacks. If only they made walkers for a pc...

Classes start tomorrow of course. Its a new semester, new classes, and yes a new year. Havn't figured out how my week is going to look just yet, or who I will try to meet with on a regular basis, but in time those pieces will fall into place.

As I am looking ahead for this semester i want to post a few highlights from last year, because i want to build on them this year.

-First Mission Trip-Dearborn and the Islamic Community there
-Partook in a 24/7 week of prayer of which God is still speaking to me about
-Adam who I have studied with for a while made the decision to be baptized!
-Witnessed the power of prayer in ways that left me hopping like a kangaroo with amazement
-Suffered first major injury (ACL) through which God transformed me

I have many things i need to pray for and pick back up with God. I feel like I need a month of complete solitude to get back into things and ready to roll. But with things starting in earnest next week, I'm going to put myself through a boot camp and rediscipline myself to spend ample time in prayer, and God's word to be prepared