Confession Time!

Yesterday, we talked some about confession. Today, I have something to confess. My favorite sport is basketball, and my favorite month of the year is March. I love March Madness! I might be addicted to the NCAA basketball tournament. I try to watch at least a part of every game each year. Our daughter was even born on Final Four weekend back in 2007, and I watched every minute of the Final Four that year. I acknowledge my shortcomings as a husband and father.

When our world changed with COVID-19 back in March of 2020, the hardest first thing for me was no basketball. I feel pretty guilty to even admit it. The men’s basketball team at Florida State that year might have been one of our best teams of all-time, and the tournament was canceled like every other large gathering in the world. In my mind, I have crowned the FSU men’s team the 2020 tournament champion.

For this year’s tournament, I invited people from Killearn to fill out a bracket on ESPN’s Tournament Challenge app. There are seven of us playing together and chatting about the games in a group text. Next year, I hope even more folks from Killearn with join us! I have even been dreaming of a way we could do a tournament challenge to support missions. I will have to talk about that with Christina for next year. As of this moment, I am ranked #5 of 7 but I am hopeful since most people in our group picked Gonzaga to win and I picked Kansas to win.

Confession is good for the soul. I feel so much better after getting all of that stuff off my chest. I am being silly with my basketball ramblings, but the principle is sound.

Whenever we have a struggle, it is never the right decision to bear that struggle alone. There is nothing noble about suffering in silence. It’s always better to bring our own darkness into the light. For us to experience the fullness of God’s forgiveness, we must be willing to confess our sins. Of course, we can make our confession directly with God. Our God is always ready to receive our confession. Yet, there is something powerful when we trust others enough to confess our sins. I have experienced forgiveness in a very tangible and powerful way when I have confessed my sins especially among the people I care about the most.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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