A funny thing happened while I was at Subway, I realized I was still a work in progress. Let me explain.
While meeting a good friend and colleague for lunch, I found myself using phrases in conversation that were less than "nice." I found myself talking about others and using adult language (nothing the normal culture would disapprove of, mind you).
After lunch, I immediately felt horrible for the way I acted. I don't know if I was nervous, although I didn't feel like it. And my friend did nothing to encourage such behavior. It was really a strange thing.
If I were to share the phrases, some would not think it is a big deal at all, while others would recognize it as very "out of character" for me.
Since I believe there is a lesson to be learned in everything in life, I wondered what could be gained from such a faux-pas.
I think that many of us think we have "arrived" in some areas of our lives. Perhaps we feel like we have matured beyond a certain behavior, or perhaps we have overcome it.
In my case, I think it is a reminder that we must be ever vigilant in our pursuit to improve. Just when we think we have "made it," that is when we are the most vulnerable.
The Apostle Paul said that we must "crucify the flesh daily." I believe I failed to do that yesterday at Subway.
If the man who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament needed to crucify his flesh daily, then I certainly need to.
Hopefully I have learned my lesson. Otherwise, God will allow me to stumble again in order to finally "get it."
May the Blog Be With You.