Have you ever said, "That's just the way I am"? I know I have, but those 6 words are packed with meaning like:
- so don't expect me to change
- so when I blow it, don't bother confronting me
- so if I offend you, deal with it
- and I just don't know how to change it
- but I've tried to conquer it, and I feel defeated in that area
- and the Holy Spirit doesn't need to go messin' with that flaw
I thought I would just take care of the clumpy soap bubble build up, because I knew that the stains are exactly that: stains. I've even blamed them on "those last people" who lived here, were "really dirty," and "didn't clean the shower." I've also blamed it on the shower, saying it was just a cheap piece to begin with. There may be a little truth in both, but when I started my new approach to scrubbing, many of the stains started disappearing.
The flaws were not permanent; they were just ignored. I had gotten so used to their presence that I thought, "That's just the way it is," but it doesn't have to be. I just needed a new approach to my familiar flaw. I think Paul wanted the Philippians to know that when it comes to dirty stains in our lives, "he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6). God empowers us to be clean, not to just get comfortable with our scum.
- Do you have a habit you've been making excuses for?
- Is there an abrasive personality trait you've been expecting others to endure?
- Have you been accepting something that's offensive to God?
Is it time for you to go back and deal with some scum? Clean is a beautiful fragrance to wear!