She overheard me say it all exasperated to my man,
“Well I’m sorry, but…”
She waits for me to finish the sentence and then says it straight out,
“Ya know mama, when you say ‘but’ after ‘sorry’, you pretty much cancel the sorry.”
I don’t much enjoy getting called on the carpet by an eight year old, but she was right. So I swallowed my pride and told her as much. I know a mama needs to own her mistakes so her kids see what true repentance and humility looks like. But isn’t it easy to excuse a wrong by prettying it up with all our good reasons? And while it’s okay to explain ourselves when the situation requires it, sometimes we need to just let “I’m sorry” be the end of it.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Matthew 5:37 NKJV
And in this spirit of speaking words that mean what we say they mean, I want to introduce my new tagline:
Isn’t she lovely?
It is my hope and prayer that fresh air is exactly what finds you in this little space. I know there are a gazillion other places you could be right now, and I don’t for a second take it for granted you cozied up here. May you find a good word that encourages you, one that brings Jesus close. May He be the One infusing fresh air into your soul, your relationships, and your faith.
**Top photo of Pike’s Peak taken from Palmer Park.**