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Faith in Focus

I would not consider myself a bumper sticker kind of person. That's not to say that I can't appreciate a clever bumper sticker on someone else's car, but I don't think I would come across a quip or clever phrase that I would want on my car day after day, week after week, year after year until I would finally have to scrape it off because of how ragged it looked on my bumper.

Maybe I'm just lazy. No, I am lazy, but this is beside the point. I laugh at or ponder others' bumper stickers, but when I see the same sticker time and again, it no longer has the same effect on me.

It's like hearing the same joke for the hundredth time. I haven't really come across a saying I want to see repeated like that. I thought this, but now I'm not so sure.

How about this one: 'It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns?' (Romans 8:33-34)

I know that for me this is a phrase, a truth, that I can not repeat enough to myself. I need to put these verses on Post-it notes on my bathroom mirror, on my ceiling above my bed, all over my house, car and workplace.

Now I know that if I did, the men in white coats might be justified to take me away. But what an amazing concept, and how easy it is for me to forget. Imagine going through life fully confident that you have been completely justified forever by none other than God who created the universe!

This is a thought worth repeating, perhaps even meditating on, constantly. How would your day-to-day life be different if you truly believed these verses? For me, I would lose the hang-up of always feeling like I need to measure up or justify myself to others.

I am absolutely acceptable - God said so. Now, who's going to dispute it? It's like having a free pass or bodyguard times infinity!

Now, I realize that some might feel like it might be sacrilegious to even contemplate God's word on a bumper sticker, but weren't the Israelites told to write his law on their doorposts and foreheads? And that was way before Post-it notes!

If you're like me and you struggle with occasionally feeling unacceptable, take time out of your busy lives and read ... no, meditate on Romans 8. And if that could ever get old, flip a few pages further and take in Ephesians Chapter 1. You'll be glad you did.

Meanwhile, I'm going to check out what it'll cost me to buy a reader board for my front lawn.