I have always wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. The idea of free falling for a few minutes sounds fun and thrilling. For those few seconds of falling toward the ground and enjoying a spectacular view of God’s creation, you are free. On a tandum jump you are connected to a trained skydiver you have entrusted your life to. I may never get to do it, but it’s fun to think about it.

You may be thinking, “What does my little dream of doing a tandum jump have to do with this post?” Well, this past Sunday at Crossroads Greg talked about a story that got me to thinking. The story is found in Luke 7:36-50. The woman in the story had been labeled as a “sinner.” She probably knew what others thought of her. She had probably heard the gossip and stories of her life. She knew what the “church” people thought of her.

But this brave woman risked her dignity and possible rebuke by crashing a dinner party. In her way, she hoped into a perfectly good plane and jumped out hoping that Jesus would not let her crash. Jesus did not let her down … he freed her! Whatever label she may have had, she now had a new one: loved and accepted.

Rather than living with the label others (or maybe you) have put on you, get on the plane, put on your parachute, and strap yourself to Jesus. He will guide you safely toward the ground.