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I’m not sure why it sticks in my mind, but it does. I must have been around six years old at the time. As clear as a video before me I can see myself riding my bike on the sidewalk in front of our house. As I rode I passed a neighbor lady pulling her little boy in a red wagon. Her child was wearing a children’s cowboy hat and as I passed the hat flew off, either by the wind or the boy pulled it off. Anyway, the mother lit into me and let me know I would probably burn in hell fire for my evil ways. I tried to explain that I was innocent, but the verdict was passed down.

This incident troubled me so much that I did something I don’t totally understand to this day. I decided I had to be right with God and the world, so I would go and apologize for something I didn’t do. The following morning I fearfully walked up to her door and knocked. She soon appeared and looked down at me like the Wicked Witch of West. “So, you came to apologize, huh?” she blurted out. I offered a weak “Yes” and ran home.

I share this because there was a desire inside me to be good that God placed in my heart. When I became a Christian I believed I could finally be “good” all the time. After all, I was born again and had joined the church. But reality soon struck and being good all the time just didn’t happen. I felt like Paul, the Apostle, when he announced, “. . . for I have a desire to do what is good, but I can not carry it out” (Romans 7:18).  This may sound like a lot of us but it’s not “the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey used to say.


We must remember that we are all broken. We just don’t work right and we haven’t since the Garden issue with Adam and Eve. We are broken, and even though the Manufacturer has given us a detailed instruction Book, we fail to follow it as we should. The truth is, we will remain broken until the Manufacturer does a recall at His second coming.

Actually, we don’t have to sin. But we will sin, at least those of us who will admit it. That’s why the Bible offers these hopeful words, “But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1). What a Savior!

I still want to be “good.” Not to earn points with God, but because I am compelled by His great love. And when I do blow it, I run to the cross and remind myself what it was all about. God said He would cast my sins to the bottom of the sea.

Do you see the “No Fishing” sign?

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