I love computers but I hate computer problems. I don’t like when programs don’t work right or when I get that little clock that spins. It’s supposed to make me think that something is trying to work. It only makes me more frustrated.
I do appreciate when a company admits that a program is defective in some way. I use the Wikipedia encyclopedia almost every day. Remember when you had to buy volumes of encyclopedias for hundreds of dollars and they were out of date the day you got them? Anyway, I often come upon a page that says “this page has some issues”. I don’t know what the “issues” are. It just says that it has “issues”.
Isn’t that like life? We meet people and we wonder “what are their issues?” Everyone has “issues”. We just don’t always know what they are. Sometimes we don’t even know what “issues” we have until someone else points them out.
I could use two different scriptures that deal with “issues”. One would be Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
Instead I chose John 8:6. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
We love to cheer on Jesus in this passage but in our own lives, would we be that gracious? If the adulterous woman sat next to us in church on a Sunday morning would we be excited or would we slide away because she has “issues”? How about a tax collector? Thief? How are we feeling about athletes that use illegal drugs right now? I have to admit that I probably would have been in the crowd with a rock in my hand.
Lord please help us to love your children the way you have loved us.