The number one lesson I learned while being on a cane recently, is to steer clear of things that trip you up. Things like uneven pavement and uneven grass. Simple, right? Because of this, I know better than to go out to retrieve our newspaper in the morning. It would not be a wise decision. Therefore, that is one more job added to Pilot’s to-do list. (While he was away for the weekend, our sweet neighbor graciously delivered the paper, and mail, to our front door for me.)
Thinking about this led me to consider the things in our lives we should steer clear of which trip us up spiritually. We each have spiritual weaknesses whether we choose to admit them or not. Like my weakness of the inability to walk on the lawn right now, there are places, situations, and activities we need to avoid. I could ignore my instability and chance a fall to get what I want, the newspaper, but that would not be wise.
Just as I admitted my weakness and reached out for help, we need to be honest with God and ourselves about the areas where we struggle. Those areas we need to steer clear of. We aren’t telling God anything he doesn’t already know. If we feel we have no areas of weakness, perhaps we need to ask the Holy Spirit to point out those areas of temptation we deny exist.
Our temptation may be an attitude issue we consider not that big a deal. But is. Anger, pride, arrogance, criticism, idolatry, jealousy, gossip…the list is long. Each one separates us from growing in the Fruit of the Spirit.
Thankfully, my leg is to the point I can walk short distances around the house without my cane. Yay, God. Because my leg is not one hundred percent, though, I still need to be mindful to steer clear of things that could potentially trip me up. Things which might lead to another fall. Things like venturing out on uneven grass.
I’m thinking none of us will be one hundred percent in our spiritual strength until we stand before Jesus in heaven. We can pretend we’re strong enough to dance with those temptations we know tug at our weak areas, or we can admit them, steer clear, and ask God to strengthen us to overcome them.
It really is up to us.
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So take a fresh grip on life and brace your trembling limbs. Don’t wander away from the path but forge steadily onward. On the right path the limping foot recovers strength and does not collapse. Hebrews 12:12-13 (Phillips)
I wish you well.
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