Something very unfortunate happened this morning.  After an awesome Victory group meeting with several men from church, I got home only to find out that one of my kids accidentally spilled water on the laptop.

I went berserk and ballistic to say the least.  Afterwhich, I grabbed the laptop to bring it to one of the PowerMac service centers to get it fixed.

After coming home, I called my son.  He immediately said, “I am so so so sorry dad.  Please forgive me.”

To this I replied, “I am so sorry I got upset.  Do you know that you are more important than the laptop?”

Upon hearing this, to my horror, he shook head.  With tears welling up in his eyes, he emphasized his response to my question by another shaking of the head.

When I started this post saying something unfortunate happened, I wasn’t talking about the laptop.  I was talking about a realization.  I just communicated with my 7 year old that that piece of machine was more valuable than he was.

I had to immediately repent to God and ask my son for forgiveness.  I hugged him and with ‘sweaty eyes’ as I looked at his dispirited face.

“Ryan, I am so sorry for making you feel that way.  I was wrong. You are more important to me than anything in this world.  Can you please forgive me?”

“I forgive you dad.  I am sorry more.”

Hugs followed.  Glad he was very forgiving.

I can be such a jerk of a dad sometimes.

Heavenly Father, please pour out your grace to help me be the dad You want me to be for my kids.

Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Proverbs 29:20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.


When you look at the cross, one word that comes to mind is the word FORGIVENESS.  The depth of His forgiveness never ceases to amaze me.

In Scripture, you see this happen time and time again…

  • the woman caught in adultery
  • the government official who was corrupt all his life – Zaccheaus
  • the religious who wanted to see the kingdom of God – Nicodemus
  • the disciple who denied Him 3 times – Peter
  • the murderer who ‘got rid’ of many Christ followers – Paul
  • the man who has been sinful to the core – Paolo Punzalan

As someone aptly put it,

If our greatest need had been information,

God would have sent us an educator,

If our greatest need had been technology,

God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money,

God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,

God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,

So God sent us a Savior.

We all have been absolutely guilty, yet unconditionally forgiven.  Thank God for His grace!

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Eph. 2:5