"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8 (NLT)

Matchbox 20 had a hit song called "Bent."  Radio stations still play it, just not quite as much.  In this particular song, Rob Thomas -- the lead singer and songwriter for the band -- manages to capture the emotion behind what seems to be a universal problem.  Here are a few lines:
          If I fall along the way
          Pick me up and dust me off
          And if I get too tired to make it
          Be my breath so I can walk

           Can you help me - I'm bent
          I'm so scared that I'll never
          Get put back together...

           I started out clean but I'm jaded
          Just phoning it in
          Just breaking the skin
Shouldn't be so complicated...
Can you identify?  No matter how hard you try, you seem to keep messing up?  When you step back from your life to take a look, it seems like you're always coming up short?  You watch the news and wonder what this world is coming to?  You're tired of the struggle and just want to phone it in?  You long for life to be simple - the way it's supposed to be -- rather than so complicated?  You wonder if a life like yours is really worth God paying attention to -- or better yet, saving?  Your capacity for wrong-doing scares you?

God knew we would have feelings like this.  That's why He sent Jesus into the world... so that these realities wouldn't leave us hopeless.  Yes, we are human.  Yes, we are sinners.  And yes, we are bent.  But the good news is that God's grace covers our condition. His grace not only enables us to face life here, but it also promises that one day -- in the kingdom of heaven -- we will be put back together... we will be whole.

[ Author Unknown -- from 'Aiken Drum' (Aiken@AikensLaughs.com) ]


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