Story of the Day for Friday June 3, 2011
Let’s Fix the Problem
Look what this godly sorrow has worked in you. . .
2 Corinthians 7:11
Craig Brian Larson tells the stories I would like to pass on today.
New York’s Citicorp skyscraper was completed in 1977. Structural engineers hailed the work of architect, William LeMessurier, as they praised this seventh tallest building in the world.
But a year after the building opened, LeMessurier noticed a frightening error. Certain joints in the superstructure had been bolted. Nothing wrong with that, except that LeMessurier had neglected to calculate the extra force of a non-perpendicular wind. He learned that, once every 16 years, a wind comes along which would be strong enough to collapse the joint on the 13th floor.
No one knew about his mistake. If LeMessurier admitted the error, he could face lawsuits, bankruptcy, and disgrace. LeMessurier took a deep breath and informed city officials. Welding, costing several million dollars, began immediately and in three months the structure was pronounced one of the safest structures ever built.
And LeMessurier? Rather than seeing his career in ruins, his reputation soared. One engineer praised LeMessurier for having the courage to say, “I got a problem. I made the problem. Let’s fix the problem.”
When we recognize and admit our sin, we usually experience a time of sadness. We feel a genuine sorrow for how we have failed God and how we have hurt others.
But repentance lifts us out of the pit of sorrow. Jesus has come to inspect the sorry mess we have created, and to forgive us. How do you describe the utter relief that comes from being released from your sins?
When a child wanders from the path his parents tell him to take and winds up falling into a deep pit, it is comforting to know his parents will come looking for him. It is more comforting to know that they are more concerned than angry. But the greatest relief is in knowing that they will do anything to help us climb out of the pit.
The final step, however, is the determination to stay on the trail and avoid the pit.
In 1989, University of Michigan basketball player, Rumeal Robinson stepped to the foul line late in the game. Down by one point, his two shots could put them back in the lead. He missed them both and Wisconsin won an upset victory.
Robinson felt bad that his two missed shots cost his team the game. But he didn’t leave it at that. He “repented.” He determined that he would work to become better at shooting free throws and began shooting 100 extra foul shots after each practice.
The University of Michigan made it to the national championship game. With three seconds left, Rumeal was fouled and went to the free throw line with two shots. First shot, swish. Second shot, swish, and the Michigan Wolverines were national champions.
Repentance leads us to good places.
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