I've wanted to pull them out of the obvious denial they're living in. I've wanted to give them every example of why they indeed are ___________ when they work so hard to convince themselves and everyone else that they're not.
I've wanted to show a couple of them what control
I've wanted to point out how much they're striving when Jesus has asked us to lay that down.
I've wanted to call them out on their need for validation.
In short, I've wanted to point a finger at them.
But I can't.
Because I realize that the saying is true: When you point a finger there are three more pointing back at you.
And those three fingers point to a striving control freak who craves validation and is in some pretty deep denial.
[Sawdust and planks.]
I'm in need of grace and forgiveness.
In order for me to offer that to others, I have to recognize my own need for it and receive it for myself first. You can't give something you don't have.
And so I find myself thankful (again) this morning for Easter. For what Jesus did for you and me. For what He offers us.
I'll take a double serving, please. [smile]