“Splish Splash, I Was Takin A Bath, all on a Saturday Night…”
One thing I seem to never get around to is taking good care of myself. After devotions with my husband, I take my five minute shower; do a quick comb of the mangled locks; and plaster on the most basic of makeup. I then rush off to my day as a Pastor and Teen Challenge Director. It is rare that I get to soak in a nice hot tub. It is rare that I treat myself to a relaxing “spa” day. So, this past weekend I chose to rectify this! I decided I would actually spend hours on ME! Yes, ME! I decided I would do every kind of treatment I knew to do to myself: exfoliate; put on super moisturizing lotion; give myself a pedicure, and the list went on. I then decided I would take a long, luxurious bath. As a matter of fact, I even decided to turn my phone off – no interruptions, no sirree! So, what could go wrong? Glad you asked!
After my extensive pedicure I decided to get into the tub. Well, I have to ask you, “How bright is it to get into a slippery tub with well lotion-ed hooves?” Not so smart! That is where the “splish splash” came in. I went down like a clown slipping on the infamous banana peel. By the grace of God I wasn’t hurt but my bathroom floor was covered in water; and I was left in a position I didn’t know I had the ability to get into. As I was lying there, I got to thinking, (I had time to think because it took me a minute before I felt I could move.) there has to be a spiritual lesson in this somewhere. Was it not being so self centered as to take time for myself? Na, that didn’t fit – I believe the Lord wants us to spend time on us: “balance grasshopper”. Was it making sure I was standing on a solid foundation? Getting closer… Then it came to me: “How many times do we have these “ideas” that are not fully thought through, only to lead us to experiencing a very bad relational or spiritual fall?” Let me show you what I mean: Like…
- Giving into the tyranny of the urgent. Repeat after me: “Your lack of planning does not equate an emergency for me!” So many bad decisions are made in the heat of the moment or because of someone else’s poor decisions. Salesmen, including the great seller of sin, the Devil, know if they can get us to make a decision on impulse, they have us right where they want us.
- Making quick financial decisions that seem “okay” at the time. Telling ourselves, “After all, we can tighten our belts a little more.” – only to put us in servitude to unfeeling loan conglomerates and add stress that doesn’t seem to go away no matter how many Saturday baths we take.
- Adding “just one more thing” to an already packed schedule – that one more thing that is the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back! This decision causing relationships to become strained; causing a cutting back of time with the Lord; and causing us to feel like we can’t do anything right.
- Allowing compromise: We cry, “just this once”. That “just this once” compromise causing us to “get off and running” – running to whatever besetting sin that still haunts us.
- Allowing anything to be put in front of our relationship with the Lord. ANYTHING, PERIOD, END OF IT!
I have learned my lesson: lotion on feet after the bath! Let us be those who learn from our past mistakes, and the mistakes of others. Let us seek clear council from the Lord and trusted advisers about our decisions. Let us decide to live our lives by God’s principles and maybe the only “falling” we will do is falling deeper and deeper in love with our Lord and those He puts in our paths. #FollowingChrisistthebestdecision