DayBreaks for 02/01/13 – Blinded
“Drunk drivers often try to avoid hit-and-run charges by claiming that they did not realize that they hit anything, but their odds drop if there is a dead pedestrian lodged in the windshield, as with Sherri Wilkins, 51, who was arrested in Torrance, Calif., in November, 2.3 miles from the crash scene, after other drivers finally persuaded her to stop. (Wilkins, it turned out, is a “rehabilitated” drug user who worked as a counselor at a Torrance drug treatment center and who claimed to be sober for 11 years.)” News of the Weird/Los Angeles Times, 11-27-2012
What amazing creatures we humans are! It is hard to believe that we can ignore such significant things in our lives and be blind to them!
For example, affairs don’t just happen instantly. There’s a long process that I’ve observed that leads up to an affair. It seems to begin innocently enough – maybe with even just a “lunch” in the lunchroom at work where a man and woman sit down to talk about work, then wind up talking about something else. One or the other (or perhaps both) find that there is some sort of attraction, an excitement in their minds as they sit there at the table together. At first, it’s just a curiosity. But as more and more meetings take place, there’s an awareness that something bigger than a business meeting is the reason you sit down at the table. You like spending time with the other person. In fact, you prefer it. Inside, you know you shouldn’t keep on meeting and talking because the conversation becomes more and more personal as time passes, more intimate details about joys, sorrows, sadness – emotional things that you have no business sharing with someone other than your partner – enter the discussion. But still we tell ourselves that nothing is amiss.
Why do we tell ourselves such things? Because we want to believe either that 1) we have a handle on our life, or: 2) we secretly hope something may develop out of this because some emotional need is being “met”.
Either way, it’s like driving around with a cadaver sticking out of your windshield. The signs aren’t hard to read if we will be honest. And an affair is just one example of how this works. It could apply to any sinful behavior.
Bottom line: we are blinded by our sin natures. And it can be deadly – not just to ourselves, but to our families and loved ones as well!
PRAYER: Keep us from secret sin and from the pride that tells us we’ve got our emotions and passions under control, thinking we can handle the temptations we face! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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