yellow book

19 01 2012

So, how was school today?

Probably for most people picking kids up from school that’s the most you can hope for. They’ll talk endlessly about anything else, but anything useful about school…?!  

But we’ve got the yellow book. Ah, the yellow book. The yellow book that tells the truth, the yellow book in which the teachers write their own answer to the same question: how was school today? The yellow book never lies. 

I think a lot of people think that God has a yellow book. In which he keeps records of our behaviour, in which he can look to check whether or not we had really been as good and respectable and well-behaved as we may claim to have been. And of course he keeps the books as they pile up. He logs and catalogues all our misdemeanours. And boy does he hold them against us. He keeps the book in church, in the vestry behind the big dusty Bible that used to be on the altar but no-one knows what to do with now. 

I don’t think God thinks like that at all. He knows all that we do, of course. But there’s no need for a yellow book. Because there’s no need to pretend everything is fine when it’s not. So there’s no need for a yellow book that tells the real truth. The truth is out there already. He knows everything.

Trust that there is no secret yellow book in which God stores up things to hold against us. Learning to embrace that may well be the beginning of wisdom and the foundation of a healthy relationship with God. 

Amazing what you can learn from a simple yellow book. And today was a good day at school, by the way.  





2 responses

19 01 2012

I’ve come to the conclusion that our conscience is our own Yellow Book.

It can lie, to us, but not to God. He knows what it contains and hopefully it contains repentance from us and absolution from his mercy. If it doesn’t, than we’re in trouble.

20 01 2012

You may just be right… but if our conscience is our yellow book, then how much we need the absolution, so that we don’t carry it around making ourselves feel rubbish at how much bad stuff we write in it. Because it’s funny how the bad stuff gets written, but not so much the good stuff.

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