This is an exciting time around the house with my 8 month old grandbaby starting to crawl and pull up on things. He is all over the place, pulling up and pulling things down. Babies are very curious at this age, and of course everything they get their little hands onto, goes into the mouth. Well as he has done for the past few days, he crawled to one of the end tables and pulled himself up, but today, he saw an item, small enough to put into his mouth, and got choked. As any mother would do, my daughter panicked and ran to his rescue. After she had successfully retrieved the small item out of his mouth, she came to my room and barked about the small items being left on the table.
As a mom, I understood her fears and where she was coming from, so I allowed her to finish, but then had to put the ball back in her court. Not so much as shifting the blame, but I wanted her to see the important role she played in this scenario, being that she put the baby on the floor and allowed him to go to the table, knowing the items were there.
Those small items have been on that particular table for days, maybe even weeks. They have never been a problem until today, the day that an accident happened. As a matter of fact, that same baby, pulled up on that same table just last night, where those same small items were. They should have been of a concern last night as well, but they weren’t—because the incident had yet to happen.
This is how so many of us live our lives day to day. We play around or with “little things” that can be hazardous to our life or spiritual walk with Christ. For example, the person that sleeps around and has unprotected sex, is always in danger of acquiring a curable or incurable disease, or if a female, getting pregnant, but sometimes doesn’t think of the consequences until something actually happens. The person, who cheats on his or her spouse, doesn’t really deal with the issue until something happens. The average person doesn’t deal with their issues (natural and spiritual) until something bad happens. We have to ask ourselves, why?
Have you ever thought about how much heartache or pain you could have prevented yourself, if only you had moved the “little items” out the way? There will always be “little items” that are attractive to the eye, but if not properly moved out of the way, can cause major harm to us both naturally and spiritually. It is my prayer today that we pick those items up and place them out of harm’s way. Those “little items” are always around and so is the danger that comes along with them. Don’t wait until you get choked or caught up before you take heed. There’s a saying that says- an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is so much easier to do everything we can to avoid or prevent trouble, than it is to fix them, if ignored. Sometimes the results are not always so nice.
Remember to always "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." – Matthew 26:41 Also, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.- Hebrews 12:1 NLT