“At Least I Had it Right!”
by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
About a week ago I had a mild disagreement with a close friend in which I operated more in the flesh rather than by the Spirit. While not overtly hostile, my comments were hurtful and unnecessary. Over the next few hours and days, I replayed the interaction in my mind and slowly began to acknowledge my mistakes and repent of my deliberate sin. I even rehearsed in my mind the appropriate way to truly apologize to my friend and communicate the goodwill I have toward them which God has placed in my heart.
About a week later, my friend and I were reminiscing about this distasteful event, and I said, “Well, at least I made it right!” My friend responded with a look of surprise and confusion. I quickly considered what I had said that was wrong. Suddenly, I realized that my heartfelt apology and well-rehearsed relationship builder never made it from my mind to my mouth. With a bit of embarrassment and humility, I verbalized the prior mental exercise which had satisfied my conscious but had not truly repaired our friendship. We had a few laughs and a needed hug.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes our steps” (Psalm 16:9). Sometimes even my best intentions will fall short without the fruit of following through. God is in the business of helping us close the deal and take are best intentions and make them abundant fruit.
As the summer season slows down, take the time to make your best intentions a reality. Spend some extra time at night to "tuck" your children into bed and have a memorable and meaningful spontaneous conversation. Surprise a family member with a special Saturday breakfast adventure. Take some time at the dinner table to share what God has been revealing to you through his Scripture and creation. So when the days become shorter than the nights, and the rain comes and doesn't leave, you can reflect on your summer season, “At least I made it right!”
– Adam Kronberger / Head of School
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