Tightly Closed

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My friend hadn’t intended it entirely as a joke, but when I read it, I had to smile…

“If you don’t open your eyes, the chances of seeing something you don’t like are dramatically diminished.”

Yes, squeezing the eyes shut certainly reduces the chances of seeing anything bad, but we all know that walking around with our eyes closed is not going to end well. But, we’re apparently willing to try it anyway, because not having to face unpleasant things brings some immediate comfort.

So, when we see trouble, we’re tempted to be an ostrich and bury our head in the sand.  Or, if we do acknowledge a problem, we sweep it under the rug, or “put it on the back burner” to be dealt with later.  The problem is “later” never arrives.  And if you’re like me, that corner of the stove is getting pretty crowded – that burner can only hold so many things after all!!

Many people have said it before, but generally we will not change what is needed until the “pain of the same” exceeds “the pain of change.”  Change is hard and it often hurts.  But, frequently continuing cycles that need to be broken hurts even more.

Scripture reminds us that to realize something needs correction and not try is costly.  So, if God is asking you to break free of an old, painful habit/behavior, ask for His help and start today.  –Dave

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. (Proverb 22:3)

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