2014-04-30 - So That's What You Mean!
Do you remember how you learned some of the concepts we had to understand in school? Even before starting school, whether home-schooled or public, we learn basic concepts, and then they are elaborated upon more when we begin formal learning. Simple concepts like hot and cold, gravity and inertia can be learned even before we fully realize it.
As a very young child, maybe age four or five, my Mom told me I learned what hot meant the hard way. She told me many times dont touch, its hot! and although I listened all but one time, apparently, I didnt really understand the concept fully, until I didnt listen. She said I put my hand on the inside of the 350-degree oven door, and looked up at her with a face of clarity and said hot! as I then pulled my hand away. I finally got it. When I was a little older, I learned what the power of gravity was about, when my bike stopped - and I kept going and landed on the street. And as a teenager, I clearly understood inertia meant, after a pass left one of my basketball teammates hands when I wasnt ready, and I was hit right in the face with the ball. When recently reading about sinful nature, I thought about these types of learning scenarios.
There are some occasions when people know exactly what they are doing, that it is wrong - and yet they do it anyway. There are some times when people know something is wrong, yet there is an added addictive force involved, and they get trapped in this circle of starting and stopping their sinful behavior. And then there is a scenario in which people really arent clear, however, that they are doing something harmful in the short-term or the long-term, for themselves and others. At some point, after having learned more, spent time with caring people who might lovingly point things out in the right timing, and also getting unction from the Holy Spirit, too, then a light goes off, and it becomes very clear when something needs to change. Sort-of like when I put my hand on the hot oven door, hit the ground coming off my bike, or felt the basketball slap into my nose with my new pair of glasses on. A sudden realization, if you will, once you clearly understand there is no turning back. You cannot unlearn it. You now are required to take some action. You can keep burning your hand, falling off the bike, or forget to put your hands out to catch the ball - and you will keep getting the same results. Or you can learn from that point, and move forward to a place where at least some things are a little easier. It doesnt mean life will become easy. You will still make mistakes, but youll then care about making the right choices, after knowing the difference, and how it affects you and those around you. And we keep trying. It just becomes more worthwhile, because its not just about us anymore. Its about the Father in Heaven, Whom we are serving.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (Psalm 18:9)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.