Find and address the things that lie within before something else does.
Like a lot of pre-teen boys back in the seventies, my brother and I got into lawn mowing to earn our summer candy and comics. It wasn’t long before our gigs felt onerous under a blazing Louisiana sun. We began trying to get done too fast, only giving the yard a cursory scan before starting the mower. That led to running over items hidden in the tall grass while the blades were turning—a stump, a hose head, a brick, a clump of paper that exploded out from under the mower all over the rest of the yard. Each of these yielded spectacularly unpleasant results.
And it all began with a rushed assumption that nothing needed to be picked up.
This is the mistake we Christians make on an almost daily basis. Nothing resistant, it seems, lies concealed within the thick religious ground cover that fills our hearts. And so, skimping on…