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“Loser’s Limp” and Avoiding Apologies

Tuesday Re-mix –

 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  Luke 15:21

“A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.”  G.K. Chesterson

I have a pretty tough apology to make this week.  I will confess to you that I do not want to have to do it.  The more I think about it, the more my sinful mind begins thinking other thoughts…alternative thoughts…thoughts of deflecting the fault to someone else, or even of feigning my own “hurt” from the situation in an attempt to distract from my fault.  Do you ever have those kinds of conversations in your head?

My Dad called it “Loser’s Limp”.  I was about 10 years old.  I was the second-string quarterback of the Bellaire Panthers Pop Warner football team.  I was running plays with the second-string offense against our very formidable first-string defense.  I called a simple running play in the huddle, came to the line, called for the snap, and proceeded to turn the wrong direction to hand-off the ball.  It was a busted play and I got smeared all over the field by our entire defense.  I was the last to get up.  I was humiliated, and maybe just a little bit injured.  Maybe.  I did not want to face my coach, so I slowly but emphatically limped off the field, hoping everyone would forget my mistake and just feel sorry for me and my injury (which was growing worse and worse in my mind).  I got to the sidelines and met Dad’s gaze.  He was giving me the disappointed look (I didn’t …

The Principle of Accountability

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

The Principle of Accountability: I have responsibility for my brother’s relationship with God, and he has responsibility for mine.

Imagine a high school football player playing on a Friday night under the lights with all his friends and loved ones sitting in the stands watching.  He’s having the time of his life until BAM…he takes a vicious hit and has some trouble getting up.  The coach and trainer come out to help him and they get him over to the sidelines, where they sit him on the bench and begin to assess the damage.  Ol’ Doc Sullivan, his family doctor, is sitting in the stands and comes down to the sidelines to help.  The boys’ parents come down as well.  This small group of people who love him and take care of him most are all standing in a circle around him and all wince together as they cut off his shoulder pads, revealing a horribly separated shoulder.

This is where the weird part begins.  Everyone of them, parents, coaches, doctor and trainers, all know what needs to happen next.  This shoulder is going to have to be set, and it going to be excruciatingly painful.  Everyone looks at the parents.  “Don’t look at us…we’re just parents.  We have no idea how to do this.  Besides we can’t bear to see him in that much pain.”  The coaches say, “Well it’s certainly not our job.  We make him a football player, somebody else is responsible for this part.”  The trainer says, “I’m just a trainer, not a doctor.  I think the doctor should do it.”  The doctor says, “I don’t really have the …