God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.
My husband and I each have one cell phone charger that came with our phones when we purchased them. The cords to the chargers are totally impractical at two inches long (ok, maybe six). After some time, his charger started to fall apart, and it was time to buy a new one. Much to our surprise, the new charger had a very long cord. Soon I was borrowing his charger because the cord was long enough to use my phone while charging. From time to time, I would have it in the living room and forget to put it back in the bedroom so he could charge his phone overnight.
One particularly chilly night we were tucked into bed only to realize the charger was not in its right place by the bed. He proceeded to tell me I had likely left it in the living room earlier that day. I was offended! Just because I have been known to do that before, didn’t mean I had done it this time – I was certain of it! I debated my case until he calmly got up and retrieved said charger. I went to bed “smug” as a bug… knowing I was right.
In the middle of the night, I suddenly woke up remembering that I indeed had left the charger in the living room. I had a few choices. I could not say a word, confess, or maybe I would fall back to sleep and forget what I remembered. Well, that morning I didn’t forget and decided the best thing to do was confess to the inaccuracy of my story.
Sometimes being wrong is a tough pill to swallow. Being wrong equates to inadequacy, or so we think. The truth is, when we place our value in right and wrong, we minimize the value God sees in us. We are children of God – beautifully and fearfully made in His image. We also diminish the value He sees in those around us. We are all equal in God’s eyes. We do not have to compete for His approval. So why do we do it? Pride..and a sense of being superior because we are right.
We are a work in progress and God knows that, but let’s make every effort to be more like He sees us and less like how we tend to be seen.