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Little things sucking the life out of you

I was picking ticks off of Whimsy tonight.  Three small ones and two that had begun to grow. It was gross, but had to be done.   Little things, unexposed to light can become big problems.   Pornography, while seemingly victimless, can turn you into a monster like Ted Bundy (w…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
I was picking ticks off of Whimsy tonight.  Three small ones and two that had begun to grow. It was gross, but had to be done.
 
Little things, unexposed to light can become big problems.
 
Pornography, while seemingly victimless, can turn you into a monster like Ted Bundy (who killed 35 young women).
 
Small lies turned Bernie Madoff into the biggest thief in history.
 
Doubt untempered by faith can turn into you an old codger.
 
We all hate injustice, but your unforgiveness can crystallize into an icy bitterness that leaves you joyless.
 
The other day I let a bad attitude go on too long. I don’t know where it came from, but it was selfish and impacted the people around me.
 
What are the little things in your life that, like ticks, are sucking your life blood? Isn’t it time you dealt with them?

Comments (8)

  • Just like Whimsy – I can’t always “deal” with the ticks on my own – I need help – someone who can locate the pests and remove them for me. I don’t know about Whimsy, but our dog, Tango, isn’t particularly thankful during the process of tick removal. I can’t say that I’m real thrilled when the Lord lets me know I have life sucking pests in my life either – let alone discuss the process of yielding to their removal. But if we want to be healthy, if we want to be clean, if we want to be like Him – then what choice do we have but to submit ourselves for inspection and “bug” removal?

  • We need to have faithful friends who see us clearly for who we are, and are willing to tell it like it is.
    Faithful are the wounds of a friend, or a spouse.

  • Hummmm,yes,our attitude, a daily renewal…we’ve been using the term ‘curmudgeon’…don’t wanna be one of those!
    HIS mercies are new every morning!

  • We do well to self examine and have trusted ones offer insights on the character blemishes we cannot see.

    By the way I watched you pick the ticks off Whimsy last night and you would have made a great vet.

  • John 15:19 “as it is you do not belong to this world, but I have chosen you out of the world” for me at times the times of the world and all that happening during this times inside and outside of the church is at what can at time sucks the life out of me. But then again it would because as Jesus says we no longer belong to this world and I reminded and encouraged to take a sigh and a deep breath and be restored by these words and the very reason God didnt leave us with out leaving His Holy Spirit and that we carry around us the very living presence of God. sometimes its takes alone time of me truly meditating on this. So we are not left powerless living in this world and as during the time after Jesus resurrection I see how even when they were great distances apart the disciples corrected encouraged and restored one another and Im thankful for disciples in our world today to do the same for me to be able to help examine encourage and restore. for there are many parts of the body some are the hands some are the eyes but we to be one body of Christ (1cor 12:12) so im thankful at these times of feeling drained etc that I have the body whether it comes from a song, or message just given , or a blog , or another brother and sister just coming along side of me. It is one of the true beautys of being ONE IN CHRIST. Maybe the joy and peace of the Lord filll each today and may His Spirit fall afresh with the very presence of the Living Christ.
    blessings to all.

  • I’ve had Lyme’s disease from a tick picked up while “shootin’ the Chattahoochee”…it was awful, demoralizing, painful, long-lasting, and the effects still bother me on a long run or when trying to open small things. Suddenly today, it became an object lesson that sometimes the pain of the spiritual incision-that surgery of the heart-is so much easier than letting the tick have its day.

    To answer your question about what needs to be plucked from this short life? A breath-holding wait for the “other shoe to drop” rather than a faith-rich assurance that God is himself and loves us proactively.

    Thank you again, Seth. I appreciate your transparency and real-life faith.

    A.

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