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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. Ok 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 that was going to look like the one he had in a million years so I reasoned in my head that I should long term borrow it. I figured I would give it to him when he retires from his job and gets to be a grandfather. “Hey you remember that limited edition Batman action figure that you had when we were five? You can have it back, thanks for letting me borrow it! Oh and tell your 3 grandkids that the reason the left leg looks beaten up, it’s because a dog chewed on it once.” My mom caught me playing with it walking back home and somehow knew we couldn’t afford such a limited edition action figure. This is when I heard the word repent for the first time.