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The Turn Around

”Wait so let me get this straight, every time you ask for water at a restaurant you pour some lemonade in your cup to go with it? That’s stealing.” I brushed off the question with telling her that I was saving restaurants all over the world lemons but the honesty stung more than I would’ve liked to admit. Okay so you can enter the judgement responses in the email section below but I had always poured lemonade in my water and to me it was the same as sneaking sour patch kids from the dollar tree into the movie theaters. She was right all along whether people viewed this dilemma as a big deal or not, stealing is stealing even if it’s just a tiny bit. I had to own up, say sorry and repent (now when I ask for water I easily put five lemons in my cup which has become a hazard for my health considering that’s twelve seeds floating around your straw).

I feel like repentance is such a strong word for our church culture now these days. We love to talk about God’s mercy and grace but to talk about repenting for our sins? That becomes harsh and almost extreme. I remember going over to my friend’s house when I was around 5 years old playing with our collective toys and seeing his brand new Batman action figure complete with a cloth cape. I couldn’t find one th