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Pen Explosion
Posted: Jun 23, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

So one of my growing list of pet peaves happened to me again today. As I was jotting down some notes for an upcoming meeting, my pen exploded in my hand staining my hand black. This has happened to me several times in recent memory. Maybe I need to invest in some better pens? Anyway, this reminds me of a time in the middle of a church service several years ago with my good friend Brian Smith. Brian and I were sitting in church listening to Dave Roever speak in Rockford, IL. I used to chew on my pens a lot. Note the words used to. As I was chewing on my pen, it exploded in my mouth. The worst part about it was that I didn’t know about it. Brian got a few good laughs in before finally explaining that the reason he was pointing and laughing at me was that I had ink all over my face. I think he let me keep it on my face for several minutes before telling me. What a nice guy:)

Today, when the pen exploded, I went into the restroom to try to clean off the ink stain that was on my hand. I absolutely despise having my hands dirty. It is almost an unhealthy obsession. So needless to say, it was a bit frustrating trying to get this ink stain off of my hands. After several minutes of scrubbing, there was still a noticeable black stain on my hand from the evil pen. As I walked back to my office, the thought occured to me, “this is a perfect picture of sin.”

We try so hard sometimes to clean ourselves up. Yet each and every one of us at sometime in our lives have had the stain of sin covering our lives so much that we can’t possibly scrub it off. It is like me in the restroom trying desperately to scrub off an ink stain that just won’t come off. Yet while that may seem depressing, what a freeing thought it is that there is somebody who can make us clean. As the old time hymn says,

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

I am so thankful for the blood of Jesus that washes me white as snow. I tried for so many years to figure out a way to remove the guilt on my own, but I couldn’t. Yet by simply turning my life over to Christ, the stain of sin that I had tried so hard to cover up was instantly removed. So the moral of the story today…..Jesus paid it all for you and, invest in some good pens. You won’t regret either decision.

With Expectancy!


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