The Thief

One of my favorite Bible verses is John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

For the most part I have always focused on the second half of the verse. I have always been attracted to the idea of abundant life.

Last Friday I began to reflect on the first half of the verse.

Let me explain why.

Usually I drive our car to the office. Last Friday, Rita needed the car, so I drove the truck. When I got to the office, I parked it in the church parking lot. Two hours later, it was gone – stolen. This is the third time in the last 36 months that the truck has been stolen. You would think that I would be used to this by now.

For reasons that I am not completely sure of, this time I am angry, really angry.

Someone stole my truck.

And I am mad.

Our family was going to go camping next week. The truck is what towed the camper. Now the trip is on hold.

“The thief comes only to steal … and destroy.”

All of us who are busy know that family time is important. For our family, camping has always been important time. On Friday, it felt like our family time had been stolen from us, destroyed.

I am also a bit embarrassed. Why am I so frustrated with losing my truck? No one was killed or kidnapped when the truck went missing. My children are healthy, my wife still loves me and I have a great job.

What am I suppose to do about Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:39 “Do not resist an evildoer… if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also…?

If I find the person who stole my truck, should I give him my camper as well?

It is not always easy or simple to claim Christianity.

But today I am mad.

Mad that something was taken from me.

Mad that our family vacation is on hold.

And mad that I am mad about losing a truck.

If I stay mad, the thief wins. And that is not good news.