Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. -1 Corinthians 10:12
So I had a pretty nasty fall this weekend. I not only had my dignity wounded or merely scraped my knees, but banged my forehead on the hard earth of reality and bloodied the nose of my pride and complacency.
No need to go into the sordid details. Why give the devil any glory?
Is it just me? Do any of you receive these lessons in humility that you certainly did not ask God for? I was comforted (a little) to share this experience at our Sunday morning prayer session and to find that several of my friends had had issues that morning as well.
I wonder if Paul perhaps underwent similar episodes so that he was inspired to warn us to "take heed?"
At times like these I am re-reminded of the need for Spirit-driven sanctification. Forgive me for the sports analogy: It's like taking an especially hard lick on the football field. God the Spirit picks me up, dusts me off, slaps me on the butt and says "Get back in there, son!"
So if you see me, how about a few words of encouragement. You know, like: "Gimme some pushups while you're down there!"