I guess the answer would be different depending on who was writing it, but I was reminded of a discussion at work the other day. Someone said, “I have discovered the nickname my staff have given me.”
“Oh, yes? Of course we’ve all got a nickname (or two),” someone responded.
“All of us?” I asked hopefully.
“All of us,” everyone chorused.
It got me thinking. My guess is that most of us would love to know what others call us, but we’re pretty glad we don’t. And if we discovered one of the less-flattering ones we’d probably shrug it off: They don’t understand me, after all; they are biased, and anyway, who are they to point fingers? (I could call them a few names, if it comes to that.) It’s certainly tempting to ignore what others think of us.
But what about how God sees us? Do the angels have nicknames for us? What would yours be? Do we want to know? The Bible speaks about a Book of Life. What would the one about my life be called?
I have a good idea what my book would be called outside of God’s grace. “Guilty” would be prominent in the title. So much pain and suffering caused to others—the consequences of my actions still felt. God’s grace doesn’t tear out those pages. To throw them away would be to forget how much I need forgiveness; it would be to ignore the wonder, the extravagance, the power of God’s grace. What God does is to write across them: “Forgiven” and “Loved by God”.
To remember the past everyday, even to remember how much we have been forgiven, is a painful thing. The danger is that we might become mired in self-pity or self-loathing, neither of which is God’s way to deal with the past, and neither will bring the healing God desires. But in remembering lies the opportunity every day to wonder afresh at the unimaginable, underserved love of God; his gracious healing of enormous wounds through the suffering of Jesus.
I think my book would be called, “Lest we forget.” What do you think?
- 2 sides of the coin – Grace (quiettimesamz.wordpress.com)
- Accept The Gift Of Forgiveness (pastorht.wordpress.com)