Grace and Unwaivering Joy

A few years ago, when I was blogging for Off The Map and running their www.ChurchRater.com website, I pissed off an entire congregation (quite a few, actually, but one in particular). Rookie mistake: I "rated" my wife's old church.

I did it with the kindest of intentions. I wasn't even very critical. But the whole idea of rating churches ("like rating flavors of Snapple!" I used to say) was pretty offensive to some folks, and I don't think they've ever really forgotten it.

Well, there's this one young lady who was in their high school youth group at the time. She was sweet and kind and always excited to see Jen and I, whenever we visited. Two or three years later, that hasn't changed. She's one of the kindest, most joyful people I've ever met. Even though I rated her church.

Ran into her at a college football game today. Joyful as ever! Thanks Kaylee! Forgiveness doesn't come easy to all of us.

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