One of my favorite ads for the 2011 Super Bowl was titled "Reply All," by Bridgestone Tires. Two men are working at their computers in an office cubicle. One sends an email to the other receives it, smiles, then suddenly raises an alrm. "Rod, you sent this email 'Reply all.' You hit 'Reply all’!"
So he goes to people’s offices and sweeps and throws their computers out the window, he goes into the executive board room and takes their computers, he goes into people’s homes while their working…….. You get the picture.
It’s funny but it’s also painful because most us have done something similar, sending a text back to someone but choosing the one that had 10 other people on it, right? That’s probably the one that happens most often now.
But it doesn’t have to be an inadvertent message sent to a bunch of people that we wish we could erase or take back. Sometimes it’s our actual words, words we say—words we chose carefully or in haste for a moment filled with emotion—words we say to someone that we almost instantly regret. But the damage is done.
Regrets come in all shapes and sizes.
Our lives tell a story, but there’s no rewind. There’s no way to reverse the damage we’ve inflicted by much of what we’ve left undone or by all of what we’ve done. We live in a story we can’t reverse. That’s reality. There’s no time machine. There’s no going back.
The answer to our regrets and our very real guilt is the resurrection.
I hope you can join us this weekend as we celebrate the resurrection.
Also join us tonight as we remember good Friday (services are at 5:30 and 7:00pm.
Bring a friend.