By Cassie Glubzinski
I love when my kids play well together. Don't you?
I have to actually state that I love this because it doesn't happen as frequently as I would like.
When there is silence, I'm a bit concerned. When there are tears, I'm on the move. When there are combined giggles, I'm beside myself with joy!
The other day the girls were in the midst of fits of giggles. They had taken some of their toy pots and pans from their play kitchen and were running around my house with them on their heads.
I smiled at the girls and said to them, "You girls are sillier than a bag of monkeys! What are you two up to?"
Gemma, my five year, stopped right in front of me and said, "Mommy! Mommy! We're potheads!"
Ummm... no you're not.
My smile swiftly changed into an expression of shock, and then one of complete hysteria. I seriously laughed so hard I cried, and of course my kids thought it was because of their antics, so they began chanting "Potheads! Potheads! We are potheads!" at the top of their lungs, which just made me laugh even harder.
I set them straight after a bit, once I was actually able to catch my breath.
And then, as I got to thinking about it, I realized how much I miss that. I miss my naiveté at times. I miss not knowing the world so well, and just being able to make someone smile because of crazy antics or one silly comment. I miss my untainted life.
But of course, that made me realize that my life was never untainted.
You got that? NEVER.
The Bible says, "...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). We all missed the mark. And our lives were tainted with our first breaths.
My mom says it this way, "Isn't funny that you don't have to teach your child how to sin? Rather, you have to teach them how to obey God."
And amidst this dismal outlook, we receive the greatest promise: Jesus Christ. Scripture says, "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) [emphasis mine].
Christ himself, the only one without sin, became the sacrifice to wipe away our sins. When we accept Christ, and God looks at us, He no longer sees our sin, but Christ's sacrifice. He sees righteousness.
Mind = Blown.
So, even though we can never be 'untainted' we can live knowing our lives are His and for His use. We can choose to focus on the good that He brings, and we can be tools to bring about more good.
It's not about naiveté, it's about grace. It's about love. It's about His sacrifice.
I'll never look at potheads the same again.