What has the power to break you?
What could sink you, or grind up your life?
For some of us, the answer (or answers) to those questions are easy: we point to addictions, to alcohol or drugs or sex or food.
But for others, it’s tempting to draw a blank; to shrug our shoulders and believe that all of the threats are “out there”, maybe in the form of job changes, or terrorist threats, or car accidents, or disease.
Although external threats can certainly be serious, I’m not so sure.
Lately, I’ve been blessed to be hanging around some people who have seen their lives almost destroyed by brokenness. They know the destructive power of sin, and are unafraid (and mostly uninterested) in beating around the bush, or wearing masks to pretend that everything is okay.
On the other hand, it pains me sometimes to see the masks that we wear in our communities of faith, and the lack of awareness (or lack of willingness) to acknowledge the threat that sin has for our lives.
We fail to see selfishness, arrogance, fear, pride or self-centeredness as real issues.
However, surely if we took a few minutes to think about how our lives would play out if they were governed by these qualities we could see what they would do to us:
How well would our marriages survive if we were governed by selfishness?
How well could we parent our children if they grew up in a house that was run by fear and pride?
How long would our friends stay around if they sensed that we are only in relationships for what we want?
I know it’s a heavy question, but how much sin are you willing to tolerate in your life? Not from a “holier-than-thou-I-don’t-drink-or-do-anything-“bad” perspective but from an acknowledgement simply that “sin”—in the form of selfishness, self-centeredness, pride, fear, and arrogance—is not interested in making your life better. From the acknowledge that sin wants to kill you.
The question that follows is simply: what are you going to do about it?
Why not take off the mask and acknowledge your struggle?
(Because the thing is, once you take off the mask, you find that underneath it you’re only human, and what’s more is that you discover there’s a whole bunch of other human beings around you who are struggling in just the same way.)
Let’s be human together.