Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oops. It Seems As If The Wrong House Was Demolished

Interesting story coming out of Denton Texas. Earlier this week there was a house that was to be torn town because of code violations, but instead of tearing down the correct house at 721 Ruddell St. they tore down the house at 724 Ruddell St. You can read the story here.

Pretty interesting stuff, eh? Can you imagine what that would be like? To come home and find out that there was a demolition crew that had begun to demolish your home? Sure, you read the article and its clear that a mix up such as this could be possible. The house in question was a bit run down, had some high weeds and such. And look at the numbers, 724 is really close to 721. It could happen to any one of us.

I can see it now- the crew out there the morning of, and looking at their clip board and saying, "alright boys, which house is it now". Then some guy in the wrecker starts going towards a house yelling "yeeeehawwwww! lets tear down this one!". Yea, it probably went something like that.

No doubt heads are going to roll on this one. I'm sure the lady isn't going to be satisfied with an apology and a free week stay in the local Motel 6.

But here's the deal and the point of bringing up this somewhat funny story- don't we all make mistakes? Haven't we all made some sort of blunder that affected someone elses life that we wish wouldn't have happened?

The answer is yes. We all make mistakes.

What can and should make us different is how we deal with those mistakes. When things go wrong, we need to be able to ask forgiveness of others, and forgive them. Sure, I'm using the example of this house this morning, but it applies to all areas of our life. As Christians, we are called to be people who forgive. People who move past things that have happened and move forward.

Its not easy, but its what we're supposed to do.

Is there someone in your life right now that you need to ask to forgive you? Someone that you've done wrong? Maybe not tore their house down, but did some other sort of damage? Make the effort to day to reach out to them, ask for forgiveness and move forward.

We are called to be builders, not demolishers.

Be blessed today


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