This is the Day…Tuesday
March 2, 2021
As a teenager, I was a member of Boy Scout Troop # 9 in Gastonia. Except for my work with Hospice, there has not been another organization which has influenced my life more deeply than my experience with scouting. My time as a scout taught me how important it is to live by one’s convictions. How to be a genuine person of integrity. And how to persevere, even in times of deepest trial.
In addition to these life-changing lessons, scouting also taught me many practical life skills. Like how to outrun an angry bull when hiking across a pasture. How to avoid a confrontation with a black bear on the prowl in the mountains. How to put up a tent, in the driving rain. And how to tie every type of knot imaginable. Did you know that there are at least twenty different types of knots? Square knot, bowline, two-half hitches, sheet bend, clove hitch, sheep shank, timber hitch, taut-line hitch and many more. We had to learn how to tie every one of them and the application for each of them!
One summer, I entered a competition at our summer camp to determine who was the best and fastest knot tyer. I worked and worked before the competition to make sure I could tie every knot perfectly. I was going to get a perfect score, blow the competition away and win that trophy as the Knot Master!
When the competition began, I was confident and had no trouble as the first few knots were called out. But then they threw me a curve. They called for us to tie a Prusik Knot which is used to tie two ropes together when mountain climbing. My mind went totally blank. I fumbled with the ropes until they were a tangled mess. I was so embarrassed and disappointed. Guess I was not so perfect after all.
Perfection. It is hard to attain. Typically, perfection is in the eye of the beholder. When I have done some repair work around the house, my kind wife will always say, “Wow, that looks perfect!” But I know the truth. I see the flaws in my work. It only looks perfect to her because she sees me through the eyes of Love.
God looks at us in much the same way. God made us, but God knows we are not perfect anymore. Sin has ravaged us to the point that, no matter how hard we may try, we will not attain perfection at anything. God sees us through the eyes of Love. God sees us through the eyes of His Son and the sacrifice made on the cross. “For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:14) We are only perfect because God has made us perfect.
I was not perfect at knot tying. I am not perfect at anything else. Neither are you. But the good news is that God has already accounted for our imperfections. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Life is filled with those times when we make a tangled mess of our lives. But thanks be to our God who always sees us through the eyes of Love.