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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Oct. 1, 2010 - Own Up to It

By Alex Bryant

The other day I went to lunch with a kid from my youth group with whom I’ve been trying to connect for a while. This kid stands out with his natural charisma, friendliness and personality. Everyone seems to like him and want to be around him. He’s one of those kids that I would say is just “cool.”

Our lunch encounter let me get to know him a little better. It didn’t take long for me to recognize he was a kid who had a lot of talent and abilities but often got sidetracked because of his greatest ability: making excuses and blaming other people for his shortcomings.

For example, I learned he was in the middle of being suspended from school for three days. When I asked him about it, he proceeded to explain: “It wasn’t really my fault. The teacher overreacted and suspended me for knocking over a water bottle. That’s all I did.”

We talked about his past and how he was busted as a juvenile for stealing.

“Man, that was bogus. I was with my friend who was stealing, and I got busted for being with him.”

When I asked him if he was guilty, he said no. But just three minutes later he proceeded to tell me how he used to steal all the time as a teenager.

“But I wasn’t stealing that time. It’s not fair that I get caught the time that I’m innocent.”

His personal philosophy in life got me to thinking. Doesn’t this seem to be a prevalent theme for most people today? We’re tempted to think that most things in life aren’t our fault. Someone else is to blame. We want to offer an excuse for all our shortcomings and failures.

The quicker we accept responsibility and learn from our failures, the quicker we can move past them. Most importantly, when we admit our failures to God and rely on His grace, we discover on the other side of failure what true success and achievement are.

“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman’” (Jeremiah 15:19, NIV).

— Alex Bryant serves as college and young adults pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Fla.



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