Ok Ladies, I know you can relate to this. I was in front of my mirror in the bathroom getting ready for the day. Part of my routine is looking for those nasty chin hairs that seem to pop up from nowhere every morning. So I am expecting to see maybe one or two small little hairs ready to be plucked, when all of a sudden I see this chin hair that seemed to be a mile long. Seriously?! Where do they come from? I look at my chin every morning and on top of that I then feel my chin to make sure I got them all. How does one magically appear and then to be that long? It baffles me it really does…but of course this got me thinking about the sin in our lives.
Sin is prevalent in our daily lives. Yes…this may be a surprise to you, but we all sin every day. (insert sarcasm…) Some days seem to be harder than others, but we all fall short of the glory of God right?
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23
Sometimes we seem to know exactly what God is convicting us of and we need to pluck it right out of our lives and turn away from the sin. The sin is quick to show up and quick to get plucked. Other times God may be trying to get our attention only to find that we are not paying attention and we find ourselves with a bigger problem to conquer than what it was originally. It is that inch long chin hair that once was not visible for so long, but now is long, dark, and it sparkles in the sunlight bringing attention to its ugly self. All you can think about was how long have people been able to see this? This is so embarrassing!!
Sin can rear its ugly head and Satan will take full advantage of that sin making it as invisible to us for as long as he can until it starts destroying our lives, our self-worth, and our identity making us feel full of shame, guilt, and embarrassment. The good news is that God convicts us for a reason. He wants to see us strive to live a glorified life that praises Him. God wants to see us blessed, so He will convict us when we are heading the wrong direction, and He will do what it takes to open our eyes to the sin that we do have in our lives. The issue is are we willing to open our eyes to see Him pointing it out to us, or are we turning our head so that we don’t have to deal with plucking the sin out of our lives?
If you are like me, there are some things that I would just rather not give up. They give me satisfaction or at least I think the sin does for that temporary moment. It gives me that short period of happiness, so sometimes I want to pretend I don’t hear God. I drag my feet…but the problem is, I can’t ignore God not if I want to glorify Him and live for Him. So I need to open up my eyes and be brave enough to face the sinful issues in my life head on, and not when they get so big that it is a harder problem to tackle, but when God first convicts me.
I don’t know what type of issues that God may be convicting you of right now, but I know the issues God is convicting me right now and it’s time for me to stop ignoring them and it’s time for you to stop pushing them away. If you don’t know what God is trying to tell you then I pray that you pray that bold prayer for yourself for God to show you what He wants you to work on. Being obedient to Christ blesses us in ways that we cannot fathom, so it’s time for me to get a brighter light and maybe a small magnifying glass to see those chin hairs sooner rather than later and pluck those ugly babies out.
And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.
On another note, my parents and I are going to Israel and Italy next week. We are so very excited, but I would like to take this time to ask for your prayers that God protects us throughout this trip and that we return home safely. I will be praying for each and every one of you throughout these next couple of weeks, and I cannot wait to share pictures and my journals from my trip. I get to walk where Jesus walked and I am so very excited and blessed!!