The Power of “Admitting it”

I was reading Romans this morning and weaving together some experiences (humorous and serious)  I’ve had in the last 24 hours.  It just made me think I need to work on “Admitting it”.  You too?

Experience #1Brendon Foulke and I watched this 30 second clip.  It made me laugh. (BTW, don’t watch the one YouTube recommends at the end.  It’s offensive.  I know that makes you curious, but surely you won’t give into your inner 5th grader.)

Experience #2…I spent an hour with someone who committed a heinous crime that would absolutely make your stomach turn.  Your gut reaction to what he did would be “scum of the earth”.

Experience #3…Jackson (our 8 year old) came downstairs this morning.  Small problem:  His shirt was buttoned wrong so it had an extra hole at the bottom on one side and an extra button at the top on the other.  His response?  “Why did they make the shirt like this?”  (He might just be modeling his father’s behavior.)

Romans 2:3 said, “So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”    It reminds me of Jesus words, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

There is Power in ADMITTING IT when you made a mistake or you are wrong:

1.  When you admit it…You don’t look like an idiot.  Watch the video again.  “Uh…I meant to do that.”  Seriously, we look like that sometimes.

2.  When you admit it…You gain credibility.  I ended my conversation in experience #2 telling him how much I RESPECT him.  The crime was 5 years ago.  He paid his price.  He admits his fault.  He owns the responsibility and accepts the consequences.  He is working to find a different way and seeking advice from people who will tell him the truth.  I don’t see a criminal.  By God’s grace, I see a new creation. (This credibility his huge because it makes friends and family WANT to support your change – which you will desperately need.)

3.  When you admit it…You stop assuming someone else has the problem.  Why is our first reaction to look around instead of looking within? No, they didn’t make Jackson’s shirt wrong.  He put it on wrong.  And chances are someone else isn’t to blame for my circumstances…I am.

4.  When you admit it…You CAN change.  This is the most important. We won’t change if we don’t see it.  Or if our focus is on trying to hide it when we do.  It is the essential first step.  If things seem to go wrong in cycles for me…it is time to look at the one constant in each cycle:  Me.

One last thing, if you read this and thought “I know someone who needs to read this”…that just means YOU need to read it again.  🙂

What do you need to admit today?

~ by Greg Lee on September 16, 2011.

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