I won't get into the justifications I used to come to that conclusion, but I will point out that when we really want something it is very easy to justify it. The bottom line is that I started to feel techno- envy because so many other people had cool little devices and I didn't.
One of the things that I have come to like about the iPod touch is the ability to take notes. The majority of the sermons I listen to via podcast I listen to while walking my dog Barkley. I have found myself stopping and typing out different statements that catch my attention.
A few nights ago I was walking Barkley while listen to a teaching by John Eldredge. He was teaching on the need for men to fight for their wives and he said, "You can take your integrity back."
In the context he was referring to the reality that many men talking themselves out of engaging because of their past failures. Even though I am not married, I see this tendency in myself in other areas. In fact that is one of the biggest obstacles I face in life.
The point of what John said is that today is a new day, and yesterday no longer needs to haunt us. For us who follow Christ Jesus, that is not just wishful thinking, but it is reality. As the apostle John wrote 1 John, if we confess our sins God will forgive us.
I may have messed up in the past, but those failures and sins don't need to hold me back from doing the right thing today. What a blessing it is to serve a God who forgives our sins and allows us a brand new start. Now is the time to take advantage of that blessing. Pardon me, I have some confessing to do.
"Anyone can attend church. Only truly devoted followers of Jesus can
change the world." - Aaron Brockett
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