Looking at Lent: My Sin


With an entire play area at her disposal and no other children around, Kelsey went for the large puddle of water at the bottom of one particular slide. She looked right at her grandpa and me and then splashed away when we took our late morning walk around her neighborhood.

After several days of rain, most unusual for Hawaii, she was so happy to be outside. “Slide, slide,” she chorused as we approached the playground. And was it enough to pat her tiny hands in the water? Of course not, she decided to liberally apply water to her arms and legs…repeatedly!

Immediately, I saw the parallel with sin and my life. Don’t I look right in the Savior’s face and splash around in an ocean of sin, a body of water that is me? So I began to search out what others have said about man’s most tragic state…sinfulness.


Men do not differ much about what things they call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. — G. K. Chesterton

In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is , which makes him do the sin he does .–George MacDonald

Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state. –William Law

People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. –D.A. Carson

Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish for spiritual things then it is sin for you, however, innocent it may be in itself. –Suzanna Wesley

Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God’s grace never encourages us to live in sin, on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth.–Randy Alcorn

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity. –Lord Byron

As we head for home, I reflect on these quotes from far greater minds than mine. Clay, all of us have wrestled with sin. We know of its clutches around our very soul.

As adorable as I may consider my granddaughter, I know that she too carries the plague that has been in the family tree since Eden. So I bow my head in personal confession first. 

Then I pray for the only cure in all the earth — for me — for her. May the Lord call you early, Kelsey Ann, and may He give you ears to hear His call, precious child.

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