I don’t know what they would do to a child that did this today, let alone their parents. But, when I was a kid, I would get up early in the morning and dress myself. I was probably 3 years old. I c remember it if you can believe that. I would pull my pants on and start the day. Sometimes I would slip them on backwards, patch pockets in front. I once embarrassed my bother by showing up at his school this way. That is how I know it was a common occurrence. He let me know. He also implied it was unacceptable.
Sometimes we get things turned around in our heads too.
I used to have an issue about God all backwards, too. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand when Christians were trying to teach me that God hated sin. I thought He hated me because I sinned. You see, I had that on backwards. I thought that if I did something wrong that offended God, He would be mad at me. I grew wrong thinking about God. I thought of Him as a referee and He was one who liked to eject people from the game. That was backward. Jesus has taught me differently.
In Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus gives an outline of the kind of life He wants His interns to live. He provides a list with a description of Moses’ Law, murder, adultery, divorce, keeping your word, and more. He makes it clear that our behavior should be impeccable. Then he says the following:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
God loved me even when I was working against Him. That means He loves me even when I fall short. I don’t get fired for errors. I’m not removed from the team for a foul. I might have to sit on the bench if I have a terrible game. I’m still part of the team.
If you have had a backward idea about God like me, it’s time to get your spiritual pants on straight. Ask God to forgive you for believing a lie about Him.
PRAYER: Lord, forgive me. I apologize for thinking You were less than loving. Forgive me for showing others a backward view of You. Help me to live my life the Jesus way, honest, loving and kind.
Now, get out on the field of life and show someone God’s love! And don’t foul! We need you in there. Eternity is at stake! (IT’S MARCH MADNESS, BABY!)