January 31, 2020
This week I excitedly dove into my taxes, feeling preemptively accomplished about getting them out of the way so early. And then, about halfway through the process, the big RETURN numbers in the upper left of the screen changed from the happy GREEN to a bright RED. The number that sat there on my screen seemed to fill my vision, my stomach dropped, and I started doing the math of how my life would be different for the next year.
I couldn’t understand what I did wrong! And to make things worse, I’ve heard story after story of pastors who got their taxes wrong and went into tremendous debt. Suddenly I had BECOME one of those statistics!
So I went over it and over it, even going online and filling out my information on another tax site. And then, praise God, I found out what had happened. I had misunderstood one question. Just one. I changed my response and the red went back to green.
And you know what’s funny? I’ve done clergy taxes for 5+ years with no problems. I walked into this confident, secure, and anticipating I’d have no problems. But a routine process suddenly looked a lot different when I had a simple misunderstanding.
This weekend, we’re starting a sermon series called “Love, Heartbreak, and Trainwrecks” where we’ll be talking about relationships and how the Christian faith impacts love and romance. You might be in a long-term relationship, be single after a relationship, or be single and wanting to BE in a relationship. But while relationships can be routine and simple enough (especially when we’ve grown familiar with someone), a few simple mistakes can change the trajectory from GREEN to RED. (And not Chiefs RED. More like San Francisco red.) When we get the little things right or wrong, it can make a BIG difference in our relationships!
I hope to see you this weekend as we dive into how the Christian faith can help you and the people you love. And who knows… maybe if you come to church, the Chiefs will do even better ;)