The Crooked Tie Clip – Explained

Welcome to TCTC Blog. My name is Isaac and I don’t have any really noble or philanthropic reasons to be blogging. When I get down to the nitty gritty,  I just want to be a good writer. In my estimation, the best way to improve anything is to practice. Piano? Practice. Singing? Practice. Drawing? Practice. You get the picture.

Why “The Crooked Tie Clip”? If you know me from school or church, lately I always wear a tie clip. If you pay attention, it is pretty much always crooked. My lil (adopted) sister, Hannah, always would point this fact out. She would exclaim in exasperation, “Isaac! Fix your tie clip!”. Sometimes I would, and will in the future, slant it where it is drastically more askew. That’s what big brothers do.

As I began to think about a name for this blog, I began to think about my tie clip. The crookedness of my tie clip is a reflection me. I do my best to dress right, make my clothes match, iron my shirts and look sharp all around. I shower, brush my teeth, wear deodorant 🙂 and fix my hair. After all that preparation and grooming, one thing seems to always be out of place.

Isaiah 64:6 says, “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”. As human beings, all of our attempts at righteousness are just dirty. Compared to the eternal righteousness of God we pale in comparison. We are foul, sinful beings. No matter how hard we try, we will fail. Our imperfection and predisposition towards sin will eventually shine through our attempts at perfection.

Just as my tie clip will seemingly always be crooked, our nature will shine through. David, in Psalm 51:3, says, “. . . my sin is ever before me”. Ironically, my tie clip is ever before me. It’s right there in plain sight, but I always overlook it.

If our attempts will eventually fail, why should we try? I might also ask, since my tie clip will always be crooked, why should I get dressed at all? I’ll just not wear anything. What’s the use anyway?

Now, that would be awkward. We have a promise to claim to help us with this problem. 1 John 1:9 say, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God can and will forgive our sins if we will face them and confess them. If I will just look down on my tie clip I can face the fact that it is crooked and fix it.

Not only will God forgive our sins but we can rest in the righteousness of God. Romans 4:3 says, “. . . Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for Righteousness”. Faith and trust in Christ is the means by which we can receive this righteousness for ourselves. We don’t have to rely on our own works which we know will never be enough. We can take advantage of what God has provided for us.

I really went deep with a simple tie clip, huh? Well, as a writer, I need to find seed thought from the mundane things in life. I hope to write about truth and wholesome thoughts in a compelling way. My aim is for much of what I write to be rooted in God’s Word and backed by biblical principle.

I doubt many will read this far down, but, if you are one of the few to read this an other articles I ask if you would take a second or two to give me some feedback so that I can consider it when I write my next entry.

I hope this will be enjoyable for both of us as I embark down this road paved with the English language.

God Bless – Isaac


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