I was running the other day when a tiny pebble about the size of a grape nut kicked up and landed in the heel of my shoe. At first this was barely noticeable so I kept going. Then it began to be more and more noticeable and started hurting bad until eventually the pain subsided and my heel was numb. When I got home my heel was bleeding and it took a while for my foot to recover. In fact for the next few weeks when I ran it reopened. If I would have stopped and taken the pebble out right away, this would not have happened. How often do we do this with our lives? Something that seems to not be a big deal we let stay. Then it becomes bigger and bigger, brings pain and causes problems down through time even after the thing is removed. These three things help me avoid more pain.
1. Stop. The first thing we need to do when we realize there is a pebble is to stop. We are all busy. Stopping can feel like such a huge task at times. If we stop people may realize something is wrong. We get in a rhythm of life and don’t want to slow down. Before big failures, sin, and total uncharacteristic actions there is a build up. Stop and take the time to know yourself. I feel worn out and out of balance before I do something stupid. My wife and mentors know this so they ask how I am doing. So stop and look for triggers in your own life.
2. Remove. After stopping, now we need to remove the pebble. We do this as an evangelical Christian through confession. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Confess and repent to God. In James 5:16 it states, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” So have someone you can talk and pray with. I have built into my life many guys that call, text, and check in with me. This is so healthy and needed. You and I are going to fall. Remove the pebble before it festers into something bigger.
3. Continue on. This has become my biggest struggle in the progression. Once you have stopped and confessed, it is done. Continue on your path. You are not earning kudos from God by beating yourself up. Wallowing in your misery because you are a wretched sinner will not get you anywhere. The Bible says that Jesus died for our sin. It is finished. He knew what you were going to do before you did it, and died for it. You screwed up don’t fixate on it. Continue on without the pebble.
The scariest part about sin is just like the pebble; there becomes a point at which we don’t feel it anymore. It is there and causing damage, but we don’t feel it. Our heart has been calised to God’s touch. I pray two things for you today. That you would feel God’s full love for you and that He would soften your heart. Be blessed on your journey.
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