“[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God….” –Romans 3:23
Lexi can be aggressive toward other dogs, but sometimes it’s the other dog who displays aggression toward Lexi. It isn’t always Lexi’s fault. Sometimes it’s another dog who instigates the barking contest; it’s another owner who’s apologizing to me and tugging on the leash. Sometimes I feel like Lexi must be the worst-behaved dog in the neighborhood, but she’s not really. There are other dogs that fall short of perfect obedience, too. What a relief! Maybe when we walk with God we feel like the worst person in the world. We can be acutely aware of our sins and failings, while we’re dazzled by the righteousness and goodness we see in others. But Romans 3:23 reminds us that there are other people—all people, in fact—who fall short of God’s glory. No one is perfect. What a relief! As we walk with God we become more obedient, more faithful, more trusting—but we will keep making mistakes. God has already forgiven us.
Dear God, When I feel like the worst person in the world, remind me that no one is perfect. And remind me that I am forgiven. Amen