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If we can learn the secret of turning everything and anything over to God, we will find the life of real blessing.

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Let your circumstances work for you.

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HOW HUMILIATING!

Have you ever had something far back in your past that you just couldn’t shake? It may lie quiet for a long time and then it shows up unexpectedly, and you wonder if you will ever be rid of it. It can be something that is degrading, embarrassing, mortifying, disgraceful; and something that injures your self-respect, or all of those and more!

You may have guessed it by now, but that I have had that kind of sad thing happen to me. Oh, yes!

You see, when I was a young boy my parents had a hobby they both enjoyed immensely—photography. They never traveled without a camera, or several, close at hand. When we were on drives in our old car, my dad and mom were always stopping to take pictures of something, or someone. I am certain it always took us longer to travel between two points than anyone else, because of the stops we made to shoot pictures. But the folks were always taking pictures around home, as well. And that is where this terribly embarrassing page out of my past keeps coming to the surface.

I had gone a good long time, with a blessed silence blanketing that particular episode of my life, to the point where I hadn’t even thought of it in years. Then one Sunday morning I was standing behind the pulpit in a church telling the folks about the coming week’s events. A fellow, who was sitting down near the front, held up an old copy of a newspaper and announced to the large crowd present that morning, that he had some very interesting pictures of me he is willing to show to anyone interested, after church let out. He held the paper up high so that I could see it, and I realize that he has a copy of the paper in which a photo of my brother and me, taken by my parents, had been published years earlier.

I immediately became flustered and tongue-tied, while wondering if this guy with the paper was trying to blackmail me. This could really be embarrassing! In fact, I could tell by the smiles, snickers and nodding of heads that this newspaper, with that humiliating picture, had obviously been passed around already. Oh, me!

That was several years ago. It took a matter of several weeks following that Sunday before things settled down enough that I could show my face in public and not expect some smart aleck remark from someone. Life finally settled down to the place where I had buried all that in my past—again!

Then this last Christmas rolled around and I received a wonderful gift from my sister and her husband. Part of their gift to me was a regional magazine about Idaho. I didn’t have a chance to look through it until well after Christmas. Finally, I sat down to relax one evening and began to thumb through its pages. Suddenly I realized that this issue included an article on the little town where I had grown up—Princeton. That really grabbed my interest and I yelled into the other room to tell my wife what the magazine included. I turned the page and there were three photos my dad had taken when he was a young man. “Hey, this is neat,” I thought. I hollered to my wife again and told her what I had just discovered. I turned the page again and there was another photo; one my mother had taken of my dad. I turned the page one more time—and there it was! My past slapped me in the face, full force, once again! How humiliating!

There we were—my brother and I—receiving our weekly Saturday evening baths in two large galvanized tubs! I still can’t believe my parents would take such a photo! What redeeming value would such a shot have? What was their purpose? Oh, me. How humiliating! This is the kind of thing a grown man would just as soon forget!

Forget. That makes me think of one of the great promises we have when we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and take over control of our lives. In the New Testament, in Hebrews 19:17, we are reminded, “Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

Say, now! I can live with that! I am so thankful God’s “forgetter” is much better than humans. I believe Him when He tells us He will forget our sins.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your promise to never remember our sins against us. Thank You for burying my past in your forgetfulness. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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