“Oh, I got it! Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew!”
Today Molly spotted a fly on the back door and took a swipe at it, not really expecting anything to happen. But something happened. She wound up with a handful of … well … fly guts.
Reminds me a lot of sin. We see a temptation buzzing around. We take a swipe at it, in reality not expecting much to happen. But something happens. And we find ourselves with a life-full of fly guts.
Or a marriage-full of fly guts. This week we are talking in our Life Groups about marriage – “Holy Matrimonotony”. Fly guts (a.k.a. “sin”) make marriage messy, difficult, and slippery. One little opportunity to be dishonest. One hour alone with the computer. One business trip out of town by yourself. One daydream of “What life could be like with ________…” One little swipe at sin and – SMACK – you got it. And now you wish you hadn’t. You see why it was dumb. You regret ever having the idea.
So now what? Molly could have stood there with a handful of fly guts in denial that anything was wrong. She could have blamed the fly for being there. Or not moving. She could have rubbed it on her clothes or the wall or her brother (who ran over to look) and made a bigger mess of things. But instead, she got rid of the fly guts – she washed her hands.
In your marriage (or life in general), you have choices, too. You can act like nothing is wrong and get defensive when people question you. You can blame someone else…or the computer…or society…or whatever. You can point out other people’s sin, too, and make a bigger mess of it.
Or you can confess it, ask for forgiveness, and get rid of it. Now doesn’t that just make the most sense? What is keeping you from getting rid of the fly guts in your marriage?