Even monks stub their toes

Have you ever stubbed your toe and let out something from your vocal chords that might have been less than Godly?

I have. I do.

Now you may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with a monk stubbing his toe?

A pastor once said “We are saints, who sin sometimes.” Like the proverbial and revered monk, even he may let out an expletive when he stubs his toes on a cold stone floor at 4 in the morning before prayers. Does the monk then reject his mission as monk? He shouldn’t and neither should you. We are humans who love, who hate, who feel cold and warmth. We are not perfect. We make mistakes.

We are God’s workmanship and I am His son. You are His sons and daughters. What power there is to say that! What freedom we have! What victory we have! It is all His for His glory and sometimes our lights don’t shine as brightly as we would like them to. Repent and move on. Revel in the victory that He has given you. Given us.

Baby Steps, Easy Steps

It’s easy to give pat answers to all of life’s problems. Walk in victory! It’s easy!

Well, the truth be told, it isn’t. It is hard to walk in the path of Christianity, let alone wearing the mantle of victory about your shoulders. But you, we, can do it. Baby steps.
You came to church today and didn’t think it would be difficult. Well, maybe other than not sleeping in, but the point is you did it and did it rather painlessly. How did you manage that? You took one step out of bed, and then another and then another. Easy steps, but you completed the journey. God willing, you will complete His journey as well.

What do I mean then, by taking easy steps, baby steps? Mark Driscoll is known as the cussing pastor. I have been known to throw out the odd piece and verbiage that should constitute a washing out with soap, but I don’t beat myself up over it. When it is called to my attention, I repent.

Repent. This is the operative word. Repent. And mean it. But also know, you might be likely do it again and again, until you get it right. Until I get it right. God will not disown you because you soar. He will not disown you because you got drunk on Saturday night. The Lord your God loves you and calls You His heir, to partake with him the grandeur of Heaven.

Our Heavenly Father, like our earthly Father, may correct us. Even after repentance, correction may come. It is not because He hates us, but so that we may live, truly live.

  • Deuteronomy 8:5 –  Know in your heart that the Lord your God corrects you as a parent corrects a child.
  • Job 5:17 – See how happy the man is God corrects; so do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.
  • Job 36:10 – He makes them listen when he corrects them. He commands them to turn away from the evil things they’ve done.
  • Proverbs 3:12 – For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:32 – When the Lord judges us, he corrects us. Then we will not be judged along with the rest of the world.

Be open to correction. From God and from a loved one. Do not take it as an attack, but take it as it is meant—to save you. To free you.  There is so much power in the word. We are told that His word will not return to Him void. Our words too, have power, so we need to be mindful of that wagging little beast that is inside of us.

This is not an open invitation to sin. To think that leads you on the wide road, not the narrow.

Romans 6:15 –  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
16. Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
17. But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
18. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
20. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
21. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!
22. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
23. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So how do we stay on the narrow road? Stay tuned and find out!

1 comment for “Even monks stub their toes

  1. Dawn
    March 15, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Excellent reminder of the daily struggle to die to self. We need to be striving to live Holy Lives, but if we fail the Lord is merciful, and will forgive us. So many people just give up because they fail, and that is exactly what satan wants us to do. Romans 8 always helps keep me focused on what is important.

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