I was running late to work the other morning.
As you head west on 91st, there are two streets to the south for access to our building. The first you reach is the out. The next is the in. They are maybe 100 feet or so apart.
I start my work day at 7:45. Timing is of the essence. If you are on time, you pull in and park in front of the building. If you are a minute or more late, the car line to drop off students blocks access to the parking places on either side of it. You know where I’m going with this. 🙂 For timeliness, I took the first left turn. Yes, I did it. I went In the Out. 😦
I quickly whipped into a parking place and went inside the building. Clocked in. Let out a sigh of relief. No harm. No foul.
Our school counselor was just inside the lobby. The first words out of her mouth were, “Good morning! I saw you go in the out.”
Isn’t that just like Jesus?!
Conviction at its finest!
I felt worse than one of our preschool students being reprimanded by the counselor! 😦 You might as well have sent me to her office! She’s beautiful! She’s sweet! She’s the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman! She’s everything I wish I was. And this particular morning I had let her down. I did not make the right choice. 😦 I did not set a good example for the students of our school if they saw Miss Sandy go in the out. We talked about my hasty decision made entirely on the basis of timeliness. Not wanting to be late. Rather than looking at the big picture. It literally was breaking the law.We ended the conversation in laughter. I assured her it would make a great blog, and I would not be doing it again. God had held me accountable.
We all need someone to hold us accountable for our actions in life from time to time. That’s why God gave us the Holy Spirit. He acts as our conscience. Yesterday mine was Miss Barden. You never know who’s watching. One thing is for sure, God always is.
Whether you are being held accountable for your actions or helping another be accountable for their actions, always do it with a gentle spirit out of love. Love covers a multitude of sins. Let’s all practice accountability. Both offering it and accepting it. And let’s leave the outs for out and the ins for in. 🙂 Those road signs in life were put there for everybody.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Love and laughter,
P.S. Thank you Miss Barden for your gentle spirit of accountability. Your counseling skills go far beyond the classroom. I’m ever so thankful God brought you into my life this past year. I love you! ♡