This past Sunday while setting up for 1church services at Sullivan North High School the song “Free To Be Me” by Francesca Battistelli really hit home with me and got a literal meaning. If you don’t know the song the chorus goes like this.
‘Cause I got a couple of dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
On my own I’m so clumsy
But on your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me
We have a lot of things to setup each week in order to have service in a high school. One of the objects we setup is a roadside flag with the logo of our church on it to let people know where we are having services. While setting up our flag at the road my jeans had a malfunction. They decided to part like the Red Sea did for Moses and I was left with a six inch split down my backside. Now I was in a pickle because I didn’t have time to run home and get another pair plus it was 10:00, which is 30 minutes before we have our worship service and the stores around us didn’t open till after 11:00 . So I did what I thought was best and used several safety pins about 8 to be exact to fix my jeans.
I tell you all of this not to make fun of myself, although I can see that being a great side note, but to share what God revealed to me thru the holey pair of jeans that I had just purchased a couple weeks ago. The jeans with the backside split open reminds me of our lives. How that no matter what it might look like we don’t have it all together. We can try to put our lives back together ourselves and it might hold for a little while just like the safety pins did for me this past Sunday. There was only one thing to do with the jeans to make them whole again and that was to exchange them for a new pair. The same holds true for us if we truly want life; a life that is full of joy, peace, love, mercy, and grace to name a few qualities; then we must stop trying to patch and piece our lives back together and exchange it for a new life.
Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
What a blessing it is to be found new in Christ! The reminder of being His new creation because of His blood that covers my sin is a great and inspiring thing. I just hope next time it doesn’t take me having a pair of jeans ripped right before I preach to remind me.