Monday, June 22, 2015

SIN

Life can be hard.
Just this week I've talked with people experiencing these challenges:
  • unfaithful spouse
  • prodigal child
  • conflict with spouse
  • confronting a friend
  • trouble at work
  • separation from family
  • fear of the future
  • difficulty with parents
  • unhappiness with job
  • alcohol abuse
What do all of these issues have in common?   SIN
We are either impacted by someone else's SIN, or we are the one's who SIN.
Either way, life can be hard.

Today I'm mad at SIN. I've seen it mess up too many lives, including my own. I've toyed with SIN. I've tried to master SIN. I've tried to hide SIN. I've tried to justify SIN. None of that worked out too well.

I think Joseph had the right approach. When he was confronted with SIN in the form of Potiphars' wife, Joseph ran away. (You can read Joseph's story in Genesis 39). Joseph didn't mess around with SIN, he ran from it. I want to be more like Joseph and less like me.

What about you? Need to lace up your running shoes?





Monday, March 2, 2015

Why would you want to live so close to the LINE?

I sometimes struggle with SIN. There I said it.
    Let me revise that statement.
I struggle with SIN.
    Let me revise it again.
I SIN.

I'm taking a class on Spiritual Formation. It's a class that requires a lot of introspection. I've been taking inventory of my life and looking at areas of temptation. Those areas aren't hard to spot. I know them well. I don't always like thinking about them, much less doing something about them. I'm a good avoider. But this class wouldn't let me avoid or pretend. I had to face some of my weaknesses and the areas where I'm most tempted to SIN.

And here is what I found myself thinking.

Being tempted is not SIN. Having a thought pop into my mind is not SIN.
But there is a LINE. I'm not always sure where it is, but I know there's a LINE that exists where a temptation or a thought becomes SIN. I know there's a LINE because I've crossed it many times.

So, now I wondered:
     Where is that LINE between temptation and SIN?
     Where is the LINE that divides OK from WRONG?

Do you know why I wanted to know?
     So I could dance right up to the LINE and feel ok about myself.

And then I had another thought. But I don't think it was MY thought. I think it was GOD'S thought. It sounded like something He would say.

     "Why would you want to live so close to the LINE?"

And I had no good answer...................... Do you?





Tuesday, February 3, 2015


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Who's Always Right in Your Marriage?

I recently read a great article called Who's Always Right in Your Marriage?
I know it feels good to be right and to have my husband think I'm right, but is that really what's most important? In fact, needing to be right all the time can harm a relationship. Do you agree?