We All Fall short

I really enjoy playing golf, but I generally do not enjoy all the trite golf jokes and expressions that tend to go along with it. I was playing recently when a guy in our foursome sledge-hammered a drive and one of the guys joked “I wouldn’t hit Harvey Weinstein that hard!” 

The line got a couple of chuckles but it also reminded me of Luke Chapter 15, Verse 2: But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man (i.e., Jesus) welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Jesus responds by telling parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son to the Pharisees.  

Each of these parables has a stark contrast between the love of God with the exclusiveness of the Pharisees. 

I think it is very easy to act and think like a Pharisee (or the good son in the prodigal son parable).  It’s easy for me to feel better about myself when I identify the major shortcomings of others.  However, that is setting the bar very low while Jesus sets the bar very high. 

Heavenly Father, please help us be constantly reminded that we are all sinners and we all fall short.  We are in desperate need of your grace, your mercy and your love.  You are the way and the truth and the life.  Amen.

Brad Gauen

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