Friday, October 14, 2011

Sugar Beet Blogging: Day 7

With beet harvest my wife and I have been like 2 ships passing each other in the night. (We really enjoy the Horatio Hornblower series, so this expression is quite appropriate.) Each day she writes something on my lunch bag, that she packs each night while I'm to sleep between 7:30 and 8:00 each night. This is a tradition she started back when we were teachers, before our girls were born. Sometimes she writes a note, a scripture verse, and every so often let's the girls scribble something and then writes their names below. Sometimes she does something that just really makes me smile. The picture above is what she wrote recently on my lunch bag.

This morning was a well received change of pace. Today we started at 5:45 am. Lastnight we were able to load and park the trucks so we could run the trucks into the scale right away this morning when the beet dump opened at 6. I actually got close to 7 hours of sleep lastnight. WOOT! I'm hoping they'll let us run 12 hours today (6am to 6pm) and load the trucks and park them again tonight.

Been listening to an Issues Etc. Where Todd Wilken and Rod Rosenbladt have been talking about repentance. It kicks off with an evangelical pastor saying that Christians don't necessarily need to repent everyday because they don't necessarily sin everyday. (Really Skippy? You really believe that?) This really stems from the Weslyan understanding of things where you can of yourself begin to decrease your sin.
The problem is...we don't have that power. We've never had that power. Take a look at Romans 7. Paul understood this very well. (Romans 7 is written in the present indicative, meaning he was struggling with it right then, even as a saved man)

Repentace isn't about emotion or feeling, though those things may very well accompany them, however, they should never be used as a guide to see how sincere you were or how much you really meant it. The truth is you never will. Repentance is demanded of us in the Bible. It's law. However, the law will only ever demand and accuse and show us how sinful we are. The law does not have the power to change. Only the Gospel does.

So if you've been going nuts as saying to yourself "I just don't seem to be getting any better", just remember, Christ died and forgives even sinful Christians. What he did was good enough to save us, and is good enough to keep us saved.

Lord of the harvest, please protect our crew and the other crews working this harvest. Thank you for your salvation. Jesu Juva, Soli Deo Gloria. Amen

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

No comments:

Post a Comment