Okay, I will admint that this actually is an old bulletin article, but I am posting it because football season is here (yeah!) and because I have been in a story-telling mood lately. Hope you enjoy this old adventure of mine.
It was a majestic, cool autumn Sunday as my roommate, Les Ferguson Jr., and I headed to the fine town of Brookhaven, MS. I was a sophisticated, learned (or so I thought) college senior off to preach at the Brookway Church of Christ.
We rolled in and the morning went well. We were warmly welcomed and my preaching was positively received. I felt great- on top of the world! After worship we were invited to one of their shepherd’s home.
We had a tasty meal and nice fellowship. I was full, happy and ready for some football. I got their permission, turned on their television and prepared to settle comfortably in for the game. This is when the fun really began.
The first thing I noticed was not the game, but a big thick line at the bottom of their screen. It did not distort the picture, but it bothered me. I remembered a similar problem with one of our sets at home which we had solved by pressing a reset button located in the back of the set.
I relayed this to my host family and volunteered to see if such a button existed on their TV. It did. Feeling rather triumphant I pressed it. Sure enough, the big thick line disappeared off the screen, but so did the rest of the picture! And as frantically as I tried, it never, ever came back on! All of my college sophistication left me. I felt ten inches tall. Talk about being humbled. Eventually they had to purchase a new television set.
My football fever was fixed completely- but not like you may think. It was fixed with forgiveness. This family was exceptionally gracious to me. I offered to buy the new set, but they wouldn’t even consider it. They just forgave this young, full-of-himself-preacher-boy.
It was a lesson for a lifetime. I saw a glimpse of God’s grace that day. We all make stupid mistakes. Sin grabs us all on occasion. We all press the wrong button sometimes. But God understands and offers through his Son to fix it for us. One verse comes to mind:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins” (1st John 1:9)
What a tremendous guarantee! God fixes with forgiveness. As a young preacher I’ll never forget being let off the hook for a major mistake. As a child of God I can never forget the mercy and grace of a God so willing to forgive.
Give this God a chance to fix your mistakes. His reset button really works!