part 1: i’m not touching you! (8:46 pm)

part 1: i’m not touching you! (8:46 pm)

“how come I can’t say crap?” my daughter R boldly asked as I made wholehearted but clumsy attempts to roll her stick straight hair onto new black foam curlers.  

without hesitation i replied, “because it’s crude. because most people use it as a way to say s*%t without actually saying it.  because your heart sometimes want to say s*%t, but you don’t want people to see you like that so you find a way to get close to it without actually saying it.”

without hesitation she returned, “like i’m not touching you, i’m touching the air that’s touching you!”.

exactly.

god says: “let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk, nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” (ephesians 5:4, ESV)

i am certain he didn’t mean:  get as close to filthiness, foolish talk and crude joking as you can without actually touching it.

it takes a sometimes supreme effort for a child to resist touching, when they have been asked not to.  self-less-ness does not come naturally to them.  it is learned…or mirrored.

it takes a sometimes supreme effort for a believer to resist sin, when they have  been told not to touch. self-less-ness does not come naturally to us.

YES,  “therefore, if anyone is in christ, he is a new creation.  the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 corinthians 5:17, ESV)

but often we have to practice relinquishing our own interests in favor of of god’s interests until one day….his become ours.

and we stop asking… “god, how come i can’t__________”

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3 thoughts on “part 1: i’m not touching you! (8:46 pm)

  1. ephesians 5:4 …..wow again. I got the saltiest mouth around. This post makes so much sense and it doesn’t belittle people like me :) Thanks

    • i’m so glad to hear that…. i got halfway through one of your posts and knew i loved you already! ;) i don’t mind the salt…those things have a way of righting themselves when the time is right. xo

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