My friend Traci Burns and I realized we’re just not that good while standing in her front hallway covered in paint. Bless our hearts.
I’m not talking about whether we’re “good” people. Jesus settled that for us:
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19).
No, Traci and I already knew we’re not good in that way. Since we’ve trusted in Christ as our Savior, we don’t have to worry about that.
We’re still not good — our sin nature hasn’t gone away — but Christ now covers us with His grace and righteousness.
When we say we’re “just not that good,” we’re talking about our skills at working everything out perfectly.
We realized it while sponge-painting her front hallway in 1995.
We felt like artists, dabbing the perfect combination of tan paint onto her walls with paint-soaked sponges and our bare hands.
We stood back and admired our work. We were good.
But then it was time for Traci to run carpool.
Apparently we needed mineral spirits to get the oil-based paint off our hands. We didn’t have any.
We slapped grocery bags over Traci’s hands and rushed her off. I’m sure she made her kids proud that day.
I stayed at her house trying to get my young toddler to stay in her playpen for her nap. She managed to escape more times than my oil-based, paint-coated hands could handle.
If we were that good, Traci wouldn’t have been pulling up in front of the school with grocery bags wrapped around her hands, and I wouldn’t have been trying to put my toddler back in her playpen with my elbows.
Since that day, we’ve joked we’re the modern version of Lucy and Ethel.
In case you, tragically, have no idea who Lucy and Ethel are, enjoy this classic clip of the famous chocolate factory line:
May 13, 2016 By