Monday, August 24, 2009


Recently at a second-hand store, we purchased an old piece of buckskin to make a woodshop apron to protect our clothes while working. By the time we arrived home, our clothes were covered in small pieces of buckskin. Tremendous effort was needed to get those little pieces off. They wanted to cling to us so desperately.

How like the sins of the world those little pieces are. As we walk through the world, the world’s values, characteristics and attitudes try to cling to us. This little upset, that little sharp word, this little grumbling, that little attitude of discontent. All “small” things, to be sure, but as they begin to cling to us, how unclean we become, full of sin.

There is a solution! Just as we had to put the buckskin away, we also must lay aside all of those “little” sins which so easily want to cling to us. After all, in God’s eyes there is no “little” sin - all sins are equal. We must lay them aside after asking God’s forgiveness and then keep on following after Jesus, clean and whole.

. . . let us lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us . . . .Hebrews 12:1

Heavenly Father, I thank You that You want me to be clean and whole in Your sight and that You have made abundant provision through Jesus our Lord. In His name. Amen.

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