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I Don't Understand

"How many other people do this too?" The clerk looked up at me puzzled by my question. "How many people buy a candy bar to eat with their diet drink?" She laughed, "More than you'd think."

During a particularly busy day, I'd stopped by the gift shop of the hospital to grab some "lunch," a diet Dr. Pepper and a Snickers bar. Why? I've never understood why I bother with the diet drink if I'm going to eat a candy bar. Oh well! I rationalized my behavior, made the hospital visit and drove back to the office.

Speaking of driving, I've got something else that puzzles me. Why do I circle the parking lot at the health club to find a parking space close to the front door? After all, I'm about to spend 30 minutes sweating on the treadmill, why not do my warm-up by walking from the parking lot to the dressing room?

This morning, after parking in a prime parking space, I began my morning workout with John MacArthur tuned into my radio headset. Somewhere during his sermon my mind began wondering to the mysteries of life. No, I wasn't thinking about my eating or driving habits. I was focused on the greatest mystery of all. Why would God become man, suffer the inhumane treatment of his peers, and die on the cross for my sins?

Was it to teach us something? Did He do it to prove something? What did He get out of it?

The people around me must have thought it odd as I began humming an old, familiar tune. "Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan. Oh, the grace that bro't it down to man! Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span. At Calvary."

It was L-O-V-E! He did it because He loves us.

On the way to work, I stopped by the store to grab breakfast, a green chile sausage burrito, with plenty of eggs, potatoes and cheese, and a soda to wash it down. A diet-of course!

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