Gummy Bears and Piggy Banks

I’ve always had a thing for gummy bears.
They got me through college.
My gummy bear obsession began at an early age.

I had to be in kindergarten or 1st grade…
there they sat…
in the grocery store….

They were mine for the taking.
Not the bag…
just the three or four on top of the bag.
I mean… if the bag is open… it’s not stealing… right?
According to my mom… WRONG!

I remember checking out.
I remember pulling them out of my pocket.
I remember chewing.
I remember getting caught chewing.
I remember getting my piggy bank from my room.
I remember the drive back to the grocery store.
I remember the store manager… or at least talking to the store manager.
I remember my shame.
I remember my guilt.
I remember the horror from my parents.

That trip back to the store was enough.
I didn’t need any more discipline than that.
This has stuck with me for the past 26 years…
and I will never forget it.

I will always remember this as my loss of innocence.
I’m sure I had lost my innocence way before this.
I mean… we were all BORN sinners.

Maybe it’s because my first memory of breaking one of the Ten Commandments.
Maybe it’s because it had such an impacted.
Maybe it’s because of my love for gummy bears… which now… has diminished.
Maybe it’s because I can never get that innocence back… or can I?

Romans 3:22-27 says….
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

Because of my faith in Jesus…
I’ve been acquitted from all guilt and shame.

Do not procrastinate faith in Jesus…
it will set you free.

When did you remember losing your innocence?
How old were you?
What did you do?



Gummy Bears and Piggy Banks

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