Are You Really?


all inSome of you may find the following narrative difficult to accept as fact. Others know me well enough to believe this narrative is not only possible, but probable. I can tell you from a first hand account that it is true. Memory may have played with some of the details, but the event is real.

When I was in 6th or 7th grade a friend or two and I received disciplinary action for talking in class. Mrs. Reynolds, our teacher, called us out of the classroom, lectured us about our constant chatter, and assigned us to “write sentences.” As I recall we were to write “I am sorry for disrupting class, I will not talk in class unless called on by the teacher” or something to that effect. Too make the punishment more effective we had to have a parent sign our completed sentences.

When I asked my dad to sign them, he first asked me a question. “Do you mean it?”

“Do I mean what?” I answered.

“Do you mean what you wrote? Or are you just writing what you were told to write?” He continued, “If you don’t mean it, I cannot sign it because you would be lying if you turned it in, and I would be encouraging you to lie.”

I think maybe my dad had read Joel 2:12-14,

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God?”

God does not want lip service only.

  • God does not want outward signs of repentance alone. God wants my heart.
  • He does not just want me doing the right things in worship – He wants me to worship Him in the right spirit.
  • He does not just want me to show up on Sundays and for Bible Class – He wants my life to be a life of self denial and daily taking up my cross for Him.

God wants me ALL IN!

– Scott

One thought on “Are You Really?

  1. Oops, I think I probably wrote something to that effect many times in school. Imagine that. And yes, that is an outstanding comparison.

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