Oops!

September 14, 2016

She had obviously never heard the old proverb “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”  Of if she heard it she wasn’t paying attention, because it appears she wanted her revenge to be hot.
I read an article this week about a Florida woman who set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire, presumably in retribution for something he had either done or hadn’t done in their relationship.
The problem was that it wasn’t her boyfriend’s car, it just looked like her boyfriend’s car.  Oops!
And so Carmen Chamblee has been arrested and charged with second-degree arson after being apprehended by the Clearwater Police. And they didn’t have to look very hard for a suspect. It seems that Carmen’s misguided attempt at revenge had been captured on a nearby surveillance camera.  Oops, oops!
I guess she should have paid more attention in Sunday School, especially when the lesson was about Romans 12:19 “ Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”
The reality is, more often than not, our attempts at revenge hurt us more than it hurts the person we are setting out to hurt.   And even if it’s not caught on video and even if we don’t go to jail, it will damage our soul and our relationship with God. 
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.