I fail. I have failed. I will fail.
As people we fail; as friends we fail; as a spouse we fail. Failure is in us and all around us.
Misery loves company – – – Or so I’ve heard. I do know that I feel better about my shortcomings when I see others who struggle. Just the other day I watched my favorite professional golfer, Phil Mickelson, miss a two-footer. TWO FEET!!! Come on, man!!! Oh well, I understand. I miss plenty of the same kinds of putts.
I’m re-reading one of my favorite books, The Killer Angels, a Pultizer Prize winning historical novel by Michael Shaara. The book tells the story of four days of the Battle of Gettysburg. The first time I read the book it made me cry. I was sad for all parties involved.
I’m a huge fan of General R.E. Lee. Huge! (Lincoln too)
But as I read the story yet again, I find myself saying, “Please listen to Longstreet, and please don’t march those young men into the Union center.” But Mr. Lee is very stubborn and the carnage is nauseating. Following the frontal assault on the third day of Gettysburg Lee surveys his beaten army and say, “All this has been my fault.” The venerable Lee had failed*.
Do we know anyone else who has failed? How did Jesus’ students do at test time? In Matthew 26:2 Jesus said, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming and the Son of Man is to be delivered up for crucifixion.”
He went on teaching them of things to come and we pick up this familiar story in the Garden.
1. First we recount Judas’ betrayal. He rats Jesus out. We see this picture of a Benedict Arnold; he double-crosses Jesus; he is a snitch, a squealer, a two-faced friend. The term Judas’ Kiss is forever a despicable image.
Consider all the ways we are unfaithful to Jesus in the same manner. When we allow our plan to supplant the purpose of Jesus Christ, we betray the Lord.
2. Jesus asks his disciples “keep watch” with Him in the Garden. They fall asleep. We see this picture of sloth, laziness and/or indifference. They must have really been tired, huh? Continue reading Simple Sabbath — Because We Fail