I MAY be finished with the plumbing problem that raised its ugly head last week. It was just a LITTLE leak, and several times I got it MOSTLY fixed, leaving again, just a LITTLE leak. It’s amazing how much damage just a little leak can cause, though, if left to keep dripping away.
I ran across a wonderful ministry years ago called “Mercy Ships.” A travelling ministry of hospital ships staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and more providing free medical services. One of the dentists, when working on patients’ teeth (talk about a captive audience!) would talk about tooth infections, saying “just a little infection, if you don’t take care of it, can grow to rot out your whole tooth or the infection can spread into the jaw, and can even kill you—much like my LITTLE leak ~~just like a LITTLE bit of sin, if left untended, will just keep growing…”
Though I had thought I was done several times with my leak repair, sure enough, I check and still leaking. How often does just a LITTLE anger, bitterness, or resentment, when left untended, continue to fester and grow? It can be a real pain to keep on working on the same problem over and over again—whether spiritual or plumbing–I may be TIRED of working on my plumbing, but I won’t give up!
This month’s memory verse seems so applicable, even to my little plumbing leak: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”(Gal. 6:9).
Take care of those little SPIRITUAL leaks too! Rev. Jim