“Little sins become big sins, and big sins can kill you.” Those were the words spoken by Preacher Jack. And they were so powerful that I still remember them.
Back when Steve was a youth pastor, and before we had our own children, I would go with him to take many a preteen and teen to week-long camp. Preacher Jack taught some great lessons from Scripture, and his illustrations often made life-changing impacts on those young lives.
If there is a problem left unattended, it can get out of hand, become so overwhelming that you find yourself at a loss on how to overcome it. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. And afterwards, you wonder why and how you ever got to such a point in the first place. Casting Crowns Slow Fade lyrics drives the point home:
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking.
After living here in Costa Rica, I’ve adopted a new mantra to go along with “Little Sins.” “Suck it up; deal with it; it will only get worse.” This especially applies to housekeeping. When compared to living in the US, housekeeping issues can multiply exponentially. What starts out as a little dust, dirt, mold, mildew, and so on–if left alone, even for a short time–gets out of hand. It’s even worse with bugs. Today’s beehive, ant hill, spiderweb can lead to tomorrow’s infestation. As soon as you notice a problem, it’s best to deal with it right away. If not, you’re going to need to bring out the big guns or call on someone to help.
Note to self, and anyone else who may need to hear it: Don’t live in denial; don’t procrastinate; don’t be too proud or too ashamed to ask for help.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it –Proverbs 4:23 NIV