One winter morning a couple was listening to the radio over breakfast. They hear the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can get through.”
Norman’s wife goes out and moves her car.
A week later, while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can get through.”
Norman’s wife goes out and moves her car again.
The next week, they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park ….” Then the power goes out.
Norman’s wife is very upset, and with a worried look on her face she says, “Honey, I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowplows can get through?”
With love and understanding in his voice, Norman says, “Why don’t you just leave it in the garage this time?” *
I (Dawn) couldn’t resist this story as I watched the massive blizzards hit the Northeast and Midwest this winter; but this conversation also reminds me of an old story.
I heard about a rich man who was trying out new drivers for his limousine. He asked them to drive him up a treacherous mountain, and told them he would observe their skill in dealing with the sharp turns and steep drop-offs.
One prospect tried to impress the rich man by weaving close to the edge of the road. A second driver, full of pride, did the same thing, but took even more risks ~ putting the rich man in extreme danger!
The driver who won the job was the man who stayed as far away from the edge as possible.
Most Christians would agree that God will give us a “way of escape” in each circumstance of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). There is always a way to deal with sin and glorify God, if we look for it. But if we’re honest, sometimes we take some unnecessary risks with sin, perhaps thinking that we can deal with its danger and pull back before we get into serious trouble. That’s how many addictions and enslaving habits begin.
Whenever we rationalize our tendency to cozy up to sin, instead of making the wise choice to steer clear of it, we invite disaster. God tells us to be careful with what we allow: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23, NIV). We need to keep vigilant, diligent watch over our hearts, because what we allow will determine the course of our lives.
The Apostle Paul wisely counsels us, “Give no place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). Don’t give the enemy a foothold. Don’t give him an inch. Don’t give him an opportunity.
Think about the sin that most trips you up. Are you somehow driving your life too close to the edge? Is that wise? Is there something you need to repent of and go the other way?
Be safe, Friend! Steer clear of sin!
* Adapted from http://www.smilegodlovesyou.org/jokes.blonde.html