A few days ago I had a “come to Jesus” talk with my boys. I was not happy with the trash they were leaving in the back seat of my car.

Now, this was not the first conversation. Unfortunately, it seems that nearly every time we take a trip, I have to remind them to clean up their mess.

So, a few days ago, as I was gathering my things, and I noticed the growing amount of trash, I began to formulate a plan.

At first, the only person I could get to admit fault was, “not me.” However, after using some interrogation skills, each boy admitted fault. I explained that my expectation from here on was that NOTHING is to be left in the back seat. No wrappers, no jackets, no water bottles…NOTHING.

After going into detail ad nauseum, I finally told them that if they leave anything in my car it will cost them $10 per piece.

How’s that for parenting skill?

Well, I know my boys, and there is a zero percent chance that they will leave the backseat spotless.

Which means I will either make a lot of money charging them $10 per piece or I will need to teach them about forgiveness.

Speaking of forgiveness, this Sunday we continue our sermon series, “Beyond the Cross.” We are studying the lasting effects of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. This week, the sermon will be from 1 John 1:1-2:2 about forgiveness.

Like my boys, there is no way we can live up to God’s standard of perfection. In fact, we fail regularly and the only way for us to experience fellowship with God is through forgiveness offered to us by Jesus.

Interestingly enough, the more I learn about God’s forgiveness for me, the easier it is for me to forgive my boys. I may have to see about that $10 fine after all…

Have a great weekend, stay warm and I hope to see you on Sunday, rain, snow or shine :).