Tree-ing Off

Western Theological Seminary Students

READ : 1 John 1:5-10

In the summer of 1992, I decided to take up golf, so I bought my first set of golf clubs for $25. They were a beautiful set of Northwestern clubs manufactured in the 1960s, complete with a cracked putter that my dad skillfully repaired by welding it.

One summer evening I was hitting balls around our yard. After six consecutive failed attempts to hit the ball, I became infuriated. Without thinking, I took out my aggression on one of my dad’s beloved and newly planted evergreen trees. Unlike my attempts at the golf ball, I hit it well-taking off the top of the tree. It was a dumb mistake. To make matters worse, I decided to remedy the situation by attaching the top piece to its trunk with transparent mailing tape! It didn’t take long for my dad to notice that one of his beloved trees was deathly ill. His beloved son tried to hide his stupid behavior by foolishly band-aiding its ailment.

In 1 John 1:8 it says that if we “say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” God sees through all our self-invented ways of hiding sin, from band-aids to stupid cover-ups. It is only in sincere confession that our sins can be forgiven through the blood of Christ.

– Mike Hardeman


Lord, we confess our sins to you. Forgive us through Jesus Christ our Savior.