The story goes, Jimmy had trouble pronouncing the letter “R” so his teacher gave him a sentence to practice at home: “Robert gave Richard a rap in the ribs for roasting the rabbit so rare.”
Some days later the teacher asked him to say the sentence for her. Jimmy rattled it off like this: “Bob gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.” He evaded the letter “R.”
Jimmy isn’t alone, especially today. Many folks have great problems with the letter “R” in the form of the following words: respect, responsibility, rightful, resolute, reverent, remorseful, reviling, rigorous, reality, and righteousness. Words that might describe someone that calls themselves a Christian if used to describe their day to day actions. Words that otherwise can only be found in a dictionary these days and has little meaning to those outside of God’s law. Words not used in normal conversation with those opposed to scripture or belief in Christ.
One word left out that typifies the Christian more than any other word and it too begins with the letter “R” repentance. Repentance is foremost among the words beginning with “R.” It is the word of all words in the alphabet and has the greatest meaning when acted upon. To repent is to change, change from the everyday person to the rarity of God’s creation. That makes the letter “R” the reason for great revelry in God’s kingdom. We all need to practice using the letter “R” more often, especially in conjunction with God.