“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!”.
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__________”