Pastor Kyle Idleman, author of Not a Fan, tells the story of discovering a bright pink stain on their couch. The stain had been there a while, only to be discovered when they rotated the cushion.
After assembling and questioning his three daughters, eventually one of them cracked under the pressure. She confessed through her tears that she had spilled pink nail polish. There was no way that stain was coming out.
In her anguish, she ran to her room crying. When her dad found her, she asked that question that wrenches every parent’s heart…
Do you still love me?
Kyle answered as most parents would: “Honey, there’s nothing you can do that will make us love you any less.”
And then a strange thing happened. His daughter began to tell others about the stain. She began to show them the stain and talk about her forgiveness. She was free!
Can you imagine the stress she was under before the discovery? The guilt of what she had done… the fear of discovery… the even greater fear of rejection by her parents. What a heavy burden for anyone, let alone a child. No wonder she cracked!
Her experience makes me wonder: which side of the stain are you living on?
Are you on the side where fear of discovery results in a burden too great to bear? Or are you on the other side, where you show people the stain and tell the story of the forgiveness and love you’ve received?
I’ll let you in on a little secret: God already knows about the stain. And God longs to offer the reconciliation and love that come when we’re ready to talk about that stain.
On one side of our stain, there is secrecy and fear that we’ll be discovered… or worse, unloved.
On the far side of our stain (after we admit the stain), there is so much freedom we may even want to tell others about it!
So… what are you waiting for? Talk with God about it, invite Jesus to show you a new way to live, and then live on the far side of the stain… and be free!
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (Rom 8:1–2 NLT)