Billy and I sold Mom's car on Monday. It was a painful thing for me to do, but necessary. When we got to the Hyundai dealership, we were met by a pleasant young man who had us wait inside the showroom while he went outside with his clipboard to check out the car. We just knew he was going to come back and say, "Wow! What a car. We'll give you X for it, " X being a number far higher than we hoped. This car was tricked out - turbo, leather, heated seats, navigation, sunroof, backup camera, 18" wheels. And, as if that weren't enough, the car was a 2013 with just 9,107 miles. When he was finished, the man called us outside and he showed us what he had found. On his clipboard he had checked that the care was in "Good" condition. He showed us two very faint scratches on the front and side of the car that neither of us had noticed and told us it would be easy to fix those, with a heat gun and a little paint. Everything else checked out fine. So why did the car only earn a "Good" and not an "Excellent" rating, that we found out is reserved for the cream of the crop? And why did the salesperson offer us less than we thought it was worth? This experience got me thinking. What if God were going over me with a clipboard in hand, taking stock of me, flaws and scratches and all the rest? I know that God would be able to come up with more than a few scratches and dents and they would all be painfully obvious. God would not have had much to check in the way of extra equipment or bling. I do not have turbo or fancy wheels or a navigation system that works. I just know that when God was finished with the evaluation, I would not get a "Good rating." "She tried sometimes" might be the best I could hope for. And God's final decision after adding up all the flaws? Forgiven and loved. It doesn't make much sense but that's the beauty of God's rating system. Jesus paid an exorbitant price so we could be looked at, with all our flaws in plain sight, and be stamped "Excellent," in the eyes of God. That's better than turbo any day.
A reminder that the Christian Women of Floyd County are conducted a school supply drive, so that all students in elementary schools in the county may start off the year with the supplies they need.
You may drop off your donations at either church by July 31 and they will be taken to the school board office. Here are the items needed:
*One-subject composition notebooks
*Looseleaf notebook paper
*Clear plastic report covers
*3-prong pocket folders
*1/4 inch graph paper
*12 inch rulers
*Index cards (unlined)
Mark your calendars for Sunday July 31. We will have a joint worship service at St. Mark at 10:30 am. It's not too far to Floydfest from Willis, so come worship and head up the mountain for some festival fun!
Jesus said, “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.” - Luke 18:27
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. - Helen Keller
Yours in Christ,