Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” (NASB)
I wanted to please the new boss but made a terrible mistake. I was fresh out of high school and had been hired at a construction site. It was a simple job. I was to wheelbarrow the concrete up to the first floor and dump it where the men told me it needed to go. I saw him out of the corner of my eye. The new boss was on site. Wanting to please him, I quickly grabbed the next load and began to run with the wheelbarrow up the ramp. In my eagerness to see if he was watching, I wasn't paying attention and wheeled the concrete right off the ramp. The concrete began to flow out of the barrow and onto the mud below, the whole wheelbarrow full was lost. I didn't bother to look at him and tried to sneak away back in line to get the next load. As I waited, I saw him begin to walk over to me. I thought, “There goes this job!” Today's verse speaks that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Something we don't like to admit to ourselves is that we sin that we fall short. The boss called out my name as he came closer. He said "Hey, let's be a little more careful with those loads!" and then he whispered to me, "I did that with my first load too!" I thank God he was an understanding boss and kept me on. His understanding and advice about being more careful is something we all need to remember as we live this life and try not to sin. So let's take it slow and easy and keep our eyes straight ahead!
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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