By Alan Smith
John Gordon was a respected general for
the South in the Civil War. After the war, he was
running for the United States Senate, but a man who had
served under him in the war, angry over some political
incident, was determined to see him defeated. Everyone
knew this man would fight Gordon's bid to become a senator.
During the convention, he angrily stamped
down the aisle with his anti-Gordon vote in hand. As
he saw Gordon sitting on the platform, he noticed how his
once handsome face was disfigured with the scars of battle
-- marks of his willingness to suffer and bleed for a cause
he believed in.
The old soldier was stricken with
remorse. Overcome with emotion, he exclaimed, "It's no
use; I can't do it. Here's my vote for John Gordon."
Then, turning to the general, he said, "Forgive me,
General. I had forgotten the scars."
What a difference it makes in our lives
when we remember the scars! With so many things to
distract us, we don't often take time each day to reflect on
what Jesus went through on the cross for us. But, when
we are tempted to stray, it is a remembrance of Christ's
sacrifice that has the power to draw us back to him.
"He was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our
peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed."
May I encourage you this morning to take
a moment to pause and "remember the scars".
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and
minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in
Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at