Not so hilarious is how aptly the photo personifies me. (ouch!) After rolling-on-the-floor-laughing (Possum’s favorite toy) and after regaining my composure enough to focus seriously on the photo, I realized I’m just like her. Only then… well, it’s not so funny.
Join me through a day in my life and I think you’ll agree.
6:00 AM ~ Alarm clock goes off. I stumble from our bed, make my way around to the door of the bathroom in the dark so as not to wake my wife. Misjudging my footing, I stub my toe on the door casing and… well, you know. My wife groggily moans, “everything okay?” [White-Out Moment] = “Yes, dear; just getting ready for work. Good morning!”
6:40AM ~ Making good time on US1 this morning while listening to a little Third Day and praising the Lord. Another driver darts in front of me, causing me to momentarily have to touch my brakes. Blood vessels swell in my forehead, and road rage is on the horizon. Pulling up beside this car at the next red light; have I got some words for him! [White-Out Moment] = Look at the driver and smile.
7:45AM ~ Loaded truck pulls into shop needing a part that the driver knew he needed before loading the truck. Now it’s a crisis. I get on the phone and make demands of our suppliers that a hundred others customers are already making, and send the runner after the parts. As the parts runner is pulling back into our parking lot, the mechanic says, “oh yeah, we also need…” [White-Out Moment] = “Absolutely, let me call our supplier.”
10:12AM ~ My boss calls. “Why has spending on tires gone up?” “We’re running fewer miles, there’s no reason for this!” [White-Out Moment] = “I’m not sure, sir, but give me thirty minutes and I’ll have a report on your desk.”
10:13AM ~ “Why isn’t the report on my desk!?” [White-Out Moment] = “I’m sorry, sir, it’s on the way.”
11:30AM ~ Lunch, finally! “I’ll have a hamburger and fries… no onions… no onions.” Open hamburger wrapper to find a gazillion onions. (this comment intentionally left blank) [White-Out Moment] = Scraping onions off burger.
2:30PM ~ Wife calls. “Could you please stop and…” Doesn’t this woman have a clue what my life consists of? (grouchy thoughts) [White-Out Moment] = Yes dear, I’d be glad to.
4:00 PM ~ Day over; praise God! Riding home… Same car pulls out in front of mine… [White-Out Moment]
And as the day comes to a close, I’m pretty impressed with myself. I’ve mastered the use of White-Out. Only one problem; I didn’t impress God even a little. Why? Because the White-Out is just my means of covering something. It’s my means of covering the attitude of my heart. And while I might fool myself, and even others, what is behind the White-Out still remains. And God is not fooled. He sees my heart.
It’s why we need a Savior. Not just at the moment of salvation, but always. Paul questioned the believers at Galatia, “Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh (3:3)?” John saw our attitudes of whitewashing our lives as so futile that he labeled those who do so as blatant liars (1 John 1:8). But he wrote of an alternative…
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1: 9