Today I was thinking about an encounter with a police officer after a car accident with which I had been involved several years ago now. I had gone down to report the incident as the damage required it. He started taking my statement and early on, I said this: It was 100% my fault. His pen came to a screeching halt on the page. He stared at it for a second and then looked up at me with an odd expression.
“OK,” he slowly said, as he tossed the report in a pile of papers, “We’re done here.”
I raised my eyebrows. What had I said wrong? “Ummm….are you sure?”
“Nobody is EVER that honest,” he replied. “Go!”
“Really….?” I stumbled over the word in disbelief. I had been expecting a fine or something.
As I walked out, I wondered if life could be more like that. If people just admitted more freely that they had messed up, then maybe forgiveness would come more easily. If we followed our North Stars that point us in the right direction, we might be surprised. The more I thought about it today I realized that is how Jesus is–He forgives us when we confess our sins. Even more importantly, whether we do or not, He steps up to the plate and is accountable for OUR errors.
When was the last time you admitted you made an error?