Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."
If you read the Gospel Blog, then you may remember that my job is walking people around in a nursing home. Occasionally people will start to fall during walking, and then my job description changes to “keep them from falling.”
There are techniques that help facilitate keeping them on their feet, or at least getting them to the floor safely. But there's one thing I've noticed over the years of walking and “catching” fallers: The person is much easier to catch if they fight the fall the whole way. However, if they just give up and consign themselves to a crash on the floor and go limp, then they are very, very hard to catch.
Does this situation have a spiritual parallel?
I wonder if it's very hard for God to “catch” us if we bump into a temptation and we just pull out the surrender flag and give in, diving headlong into temptation because we feel like we are going to hit the floor anyways?
Or conversely, is it easy for God to “catch” us when we bump into a temptation and we turn on every self-defense mechanism we can think of, use every muscle in our being to fight to keep on our feet, and maintain a resolve that we will not fall?
You know the tripping hazards in your life. I pray that you determine to be an easy “catch” for God.
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