By Alan Smith
John Gordon was a respected general for the South in the
Civil War. After the war, he was running for the United States Senate,
but a man who had served under him in the war, angry over some political
incident, was determined to see him defeated. Everyone knew this man
would fight Gordon's bid to become a senator.
During the convention, he angrily stamped down the aisle
with his anti-Gordon vote in hand. As he saw Gordon sitting on the
platform, he noticed how his once handsome face was disfigured with the scars
of battle -- marks of his willingness to suffer and bleed for a cause he
The old soldier was stricken with remorse. Overcome
with emotion, he exclaimed, "It's no use; I can't do it. Here's my
vote for John Gordon." Then, turning to the general, he said,
"Forgive me, General. I had forgotten the scars."
What a difference it makes in our lives when we remember the
scars! With so many things to distract us, we don't often take time each
day to reflect on what Jesus went through on the cross for us. But, when
we are tempted to stray, it is a remembrance of Christ's sacrifice that has the
power to draw us back to him.
"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his
stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
May I encourage you this morning to take a moment to pause
and "remember the scars".
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and
minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org