Sometimes You Gotta Fess-up

11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made[e] the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:11-16, New Revised Standard)

I messed up. There is no other way to say it. In a post earlier this week I invited you to join me for a time of prayer each Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. central time, to pray for students, teachers, administrators and other staff. I had good intentions but if you were online on the Perritte Memorial Facebook page, you know I wasn’t there.

When I got home from the church yesterday afternoon, I found that Cindy wasn’t feeling well (It is allergy time of year – we are pretty sure she doesn’t have Covid. She doesn’t have any symptoms). So, about 5:45, I went into the kitchen and started making supper. As I worked, the prayer time was gone. It dawned on me about 7:00 and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t find anyone still there. I am not trying to make excuses, It is what it is. And, as I already said, I messed up.

I know this is a relatively small thing but if we can’t be faithful in the little things, can God and others trust that your word stands in the big things?

So, now I ask your forgiveness. Just as we have to confess our missteps, we also need to ask forgiveness for the things we did wrong. And we all have missteps and we all have the need for confession and the humility to receive forgiveness from people we have wronged.

Confession and forgiveness is on us but just as important, at least to an extent it is for us. All I can do is ask you to forgive. I can’t make you do it. And, if you refuse, it is no longer about me, now it is about you. God tells us to confess but God also says we should forgive. If you refuse to forgive, I have done what I can and now it is on you.

Recently I watched something (I am pretty sure it was 60 Minutes) and they interviewed holocaust survivors. With each survivor they asked, “Will you forgive the Nazis?” Most said either they didn’t know if they would be able to do so. But surprising to me was the number who said yes, they could and one said, “I already have.” All I can say is “WOW!” With all the Jews of the World War II era saw and experienced, that anyone could forgive is surprising.

At the same time, however, I know that forgiving others, whether we are talking about efforts to exterminate entire groups of people or something of far less importance, forgetting a prayer time, with we confess and when we forgive, the burden is lifted from us, if we seek to let it go. If we can’t let it go, it will dog our days.

So, next week I will try again for “Mid-week Prayers for Education.” I hope you will forgive my mistake.

Be blessed!

Seeking the Genuine.

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.”

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: