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The Bug in My Coffee

Yesterday, I had a huge floater break off in my left eye. I thought at first there was a moth flying around my feet but in just a few seconds I realized it was a floater. Most people over a certain age will know exactly what I’m talking about.

It’s only right that this floater should have appeared yesterday. During our fellowship time after Sunday worship, I was engaged in an eye conversation and bragged that I had experienced floaters several years ago, but it had been years since I had been bothered by any. Oops.

The size of the floater is diminished today. In fact, I’m hardly noticing that it’s there. That is, until I have a cup of coffee. Then, with each tip of the mug to my lips, I see a dreaded bug in my cafe au lait, and quickly realize it’s the floater disturbing my peaceful moment of warm-mug-hugging, tasteful-sensation sipping coffee delight.

My floater reminds me how quickly, even as Christians, we can adjust to the practice of sin in our lives. What at first seems like a “big sin,” diminishes over time the more we practice it, whatever “it” may be. Pretty soon, we hardly notice it at all, or even think of it as a sin. That is, until we try to do some good work for Christ. An opportunity comes our way and we believe God has given us a chance to shine for Him. But just as we enthusiastically run full speed ahead, the bug shows up, we push it away as nothing more than a floater, but before long we realize our efforts are producing mediocre results and we wonder why.

If you hide your sins, you will not succeed. If you confess and reject them, you will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

It seems to me that it’s the little sins in our lives that can sometimes do the most damage. They are like the little foxes in the Song of Solomon that sneak in and devour the vineyard when it is in full bloom. When we are striving to serve God while ignoring “little” sins we are in great danger.

Anything kept in the dark gains increasing hold over us. The good news in the wisdom of Proverbs 28:13 is that confession brings mercy.

The New Testament bears witness to the old. 1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There is no greater news in all the world than this.

So as we approach the most holy days of the year, let us meet them cleansed from all our sin, even the little ones. Let’s wave palm branches free from all encumbrances and greet Easter with a resurrection, “Hallelujah!”

Coffee anyone?


Father, please help us to understand that even what we call little sins, break your heart and we crucify our precious Savior all over again when we flirt with the devil. May your Holy Spirit guard us from being legalists, while keeping us ever more holy, because you are holy. In Jesus’ name and for your glory, we pray. Amen.

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