Messy Families

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Pastor and author John Ortberg shares a great story about a sofa he and his wife bought early in their marriage.

It was a really nice piece of furniture. It was pink, but for the kind of money they paid for it, they called it a mauve sofa.

The man at the sofa store told them all about how to take care of it, and they took it home.

They had three small children in their house. And does anybody want to guess what was the NUMBER ONE RULE in their house from the day they brought that sofa home:

“Don’t sit on the mauve sofa! Don't play near the mauve sofa! Don't eat around the mauve sofa! Don't touch the mauve sofa! Don't breathe on the mauve sofa! Don't think about the mauve sofa!”

"On every other chair in the house, you may freely sit, but on this sofa—the mauve sofa—you may not sit, for on the day you sit thereon, you will surely die!"

And then one day came the "Fall." There appeared on the mauve sofa a stain…a red stain…a red jelly stain.

John’s wife called the man at the sofa factory, and he told her how bad that was. So she assembled their three children to look at the stain on the sofa: Laura, who then was about 4, and Mallory, who was about 2½, and Johnny, who was maybe 6 months.

She said, "Children, do you see that? That's a stain. That's a red stain. That's a red jelly stain. And the man at the sofa store says it's not coming out, not for all eternity. Do you know how long eternity is, children? Eternity is how long we're all going to sit here until one of you tells me which one of you put the red jelly stain on the mauve sofa."

For a long time they all just sat there until finally Mallory cracked.

She said, "Laura did it." Laura said, "No I didn't."

Then it was dead silence for the longest time.

And their dad knew that none of them would confess putting the stain on the sofa, because they had never seen their mom that mad in their lives.

He knew none of them was going to confess putting the stain on the sofa, because they knew if they did, they would spend all of eternity in the "Time Out Chair."

Their dad also knew that none of them would confess putting the stain on the sofa, because in fact, HE was the one who put the stain on the sofa, and he wasn't sayin' nuthin'! Not a word!

Here's the truth about us. We've all stained the sofa.

We’ve made messes in our families. Our marriage. Our lives.

The good news is God offers hope for messy families!

God’s love never falters. God’s grace never fails. God’s plan never fades.

Jesus meets us where we are and by His love, His grace, and His plan - He takes care of the mess in our lives.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!