Words I never expected to say

No sir.
No sir.

NO OFFICER, I AM NOT CARRYING A GUN

Words I never expected to say on my way to speak at a Christian women’s conference. I was only breaking the law a little.

BLUE LIGHTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

When I saw the state trooper pull onto the interstate I was not concerned. I was cruising along with the flow of traffic. My speedometer tops out at 190 MPH, but I have no idea if my car really goes that fast because I don’t speed, at least not much. I have never had a speeding ticket in my life.

Eventually, I realized I had been selected from the other cars driving a few miles over the posted limit and I pulled to the shoulder. Dutifully retrieving my driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, I apparently forgot to mention my concealed carry permit.

The officer politely asked me if I knew how fast I was going.

I did

He asked if I was aware of the speed limit.

I was

With a knowing smile he asked if I had a reason for speeding. I pursed my lips and shook my head side to side. Nope. I woke up at 4:30 a.m., gathered my things the night before and was on target to arrive an hour and a half before I was scheduled to speak.

Truthfully, I thought it was a little silly to detain a law-abiding, upstanding citizen on her way to speak at a Christian conference. Then it hit me:

James 2:10, “For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point is guilty of breaking it all.” NIV

LAW BREAKER

The speed limit on the interstate is 70 MPH. I was clocked at 77 MPH. Though I thought I deserved a little wiggle room, I broke the law. Plain and simple. No excuses. The limit was set at 70 MPH for my safety and my speed exceeded the law. His question was thought provoking. Why was I speeding?

MY DEFENSE

Sometimes I speed sin because I make poor choices and run late. Other times my speed sin drifts above the limit because I am not really paying attention.

Often it sin is simply a habit. Truthfully, I thought I could slide sin a little and get away with it.

Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” ESV

MERCY

He gave me a warning. I had no defense if he had given me a ticket. Technically, I broke the law. I wonder what other laws I think I can skirt around? My mother always says, “What you do in moderation, your children will do in excess.” Yikes, what a terrifying thought.

Hosea 8:7,”They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.” NKJV

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HAVE ENOUGH SENSE TO STAY OUT OF THE RAIN

Theologically, I know all of God’s laws are for my protection. But if I am honest, on some issues it seems a little silly to be held to such high standards, so I try to blur the lines and move the boundaries. I may get away with a warning but oftentimes I fall flat on my face. Once I move the boundary, I am operating outside of God’s umbrella of protection. I hurt myself ignoring the rules and unfortunately I hurt others too.

Proverbs 22:28, “Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.” NASB

JUDGEMENT

Someday I will stand before God’s throne of judgement. If He asks me if I broke the law I will say, “Yes.” If He asks me if I knew the law, I will again answer, “Yes.” However, I will not be judged guilty. No, I am NOT doing my best to get to heaven. Instead I am depending on the righteousness of the One who has never broken the law. Sending His only Son to fulfill the law was the ultimate demonstration of God’s grace.

2 Corinthians 5:21, “How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” MSG

Funny how blue lights in the rear view mirror made me look at myself and my own heart in the mirror. Thanks for loving me despite my faults and public failures. Thanks for sharing and inviting your friends to follow. We all need a little mercy and grace, right?

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