Having endured the “empty nest syndrome” for a number of months, I find myself recalling precious little memories of our children when they were small. I would like to share one of those rather comical memories and an object lesson that can be learned.
One Wednesday evening we were leaving for bible class and everyone was in the car except Tiffany, our middle child, who was about 5 years old at the time.
I went back into the house to get her and found her sitting on her bedroom floor crying. I asked her what was wrong and she told me that she had tripped and fallen over a clothes hanger that was laying in the floor. She said that it was the third time she had tripped over the same hanger. Biting my lip to keep from laughing, I asked if she had considered picking up the hanger and putting it in the closet. She had not considered that option, but agreed that would probably be the thing to do. she got up, put the hanger in the closet…problem solved.
It seems like an elementary thing to pick up a hanger laying in the floor to keep from stumbling, but how many times do Christians allow things to remain in their hearts that cause them to stumble, things like anger, malice and hard feelings. Time and time again it causes them to stumble. Time and time again it causes them or someone they love to suffer. Why not get it out of the way? How many Christians allow things like gossip, slander and filthy language to remain a part of their lives, causing them to sin with their lips, and time and time again causing them to stumble.
As Christians we are commanded to get rid of these things. In Colossians 3:8, we are told: “…but now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.”
May we be encouraged to look and see if we have left some things in our life that might cause us or someone we love to stumble and fall. If we do find something, we need to get rid of it.