Patrick Henry: Careful Where I Step

July 19

“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no other way of judging the future but by the past.”   Patrick Henry

 The predictability of life is astonishing. We don’t see it that way and few really care to admit this, but it’s true. Deep down, I’m about as shocked when I stumble as I am when the price of gas goes up. Again. Stepping in my own crap might be aggravating but it is hardly surprising. It is the mess that I have made.

I’m not sure, but perhaps most frustrating to God isn’t when I step in crap – even my own crap – but when I fail to clean it off my shoes. Far worse would it be to compound the errors of life by tracking the crap into God’s Holy house. Carefully consider this: that even while God wants us to bring the mess of our lives to Him (and I am NOT saying we are to be perfect before entering the house of God!) He also desires to witness our growth through the transforming power of Jesus. The Apostle Paul had it figured out when he admits that he, too, struggled.

It should frustrate us when we do exactly what we desire not to, even knowing these things lead to disaster and calamity. Yet, Paul uses his awareness to remind us (and himself) that thankfully we have a Christ and a Savior who has given us the avenue not only to become aware of our sins… but to serve Him despite that sin in the hope that eventually… maybe we won’t step in as many piles of poop. At the very least, in my awareness, I can certainly remember to take the shoes off before I enter! I’m not hiding anything from God, but we can clean up the mess later. For now, He desires me to come into His presence as I am. This, my hope, the very same as His desires. 

Peace to you, today. Sean G.

Today’s Scripture: Romans 7:24-25

24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.


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