When I first began working at Resurrection nearly two years ago, I was eager to come off as a quick learner who maintained a perfect record when it came to updating websites and social media. In an effort to not let any mistakes fall through the cracks, I
double triple checked my work before publishing it, lest anyone lay eyes on my errors. Everything was running smoothly and I seemed to be making all the right moves, until suddenly, during my second week on the job, my boss and I were interrupted by our team’s software developer during a meeting. Our conversation went something like this:
Software Developer: It looks like all of our sermons were wiped from the website this morning.
My Boss: Come again?
Software Developer: Yeah, somebody deleted all of the sermon videos and audio clips from our sermon archives.
Me: Seriously? How does that even happen? Do you know who did it?
Software Developer: I spent all morning trying to figure that out. I was able to track it back to user name “madeline.crawford.”
Me: [jaw drops] Oh…
Somehow, in spite of compulsively checking my own work, I managed to execute a fatal error within our content management system. Fortunately, because our software developer tracked the error back to my account, I was able to roll back my user history and essentially restore all the sermons to the website while wiping my slate clean of errors–how cool is that?!
I’m telling you this story not to make you question whether your church’s website is in capable hands–I swear I haven’t gone rogue with our sermon archives since that fateful meltdown day–but I’m recounting this anecdote because I believe it parallels today’s scripture, “But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.” Just like my special history rollback tool saved me from ruining the church’s website during my second week of employment, God’s grace grants us forgiveness and a clean slate, if only we take ownership of our mistakes.
So as we relate today’s scripture to our daily lives, I leave you with one question: What sins can you identify and take ownership of so that God can roll back your user history and wipe your slate clean?