Because bloggers sometimes need a comic boost and a nudge, here’s a meme which demands physical evidence:
1. What could serve as physical evidence that you sometimes lose focus?
My flickr account, my Spanish notebook, my piles of half-read and unread books, my stack of photographs on empty frames, two bags of clothing supposed to be delivered to goodwill over a week ago STILL in the back of my van.
That’s just a list of items off the top of my head. I’m sure that if I thought about it for a few minutes, I could add a few more.
2. What could serve as physical evidence that you are loved?
A husband who likes to come home at the end of his workday.
3. What could serve as physical evidence that you’re from wherever you’re from?
My accent, y’all. Just one word from this mouth is all you need.
4. What could serve as physical evidence that you went anywhere this past week?
The overflowing bag of library books leaning against the schoolroom wall.
5. What could serve as physical evidence that you recently caved in to temptation?
Can a smile and pleading the 5th count as evidence? I can’t think of a single thing I want to confess to the internet then pretend like it isn’t my death sentence.
I tried to think of something that I could at least spin into something funny, but none of today’s “cave-ins” are funny to me right now.
This morning, I read, “The Secret of Sanctification,” a weekend article in this month’s Tabletalk magazine. Unfortunately, as Nicholas Batzig describes, my lack of focus (see #1) does not manifest itself when it comes to my sin.
It is far easier to fixate on the problem than to focus on the solution. It is actually quite easy to focus on sin and quite difficult to keep our eyes steadfastly fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). Consequently, it often seems expedient to offer pragmatic — dare I say it, even biblical — advice that does not actually give the power to overcome sin (Col. 2:20-23). In order to progress in Christian living, we must remember that sin’s dominion was broken when Christ died for us at the cross.
“Remember that sin’s dominion was broken when Christ died for us at the cross.” Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.
On a lighter note, I was able to write and publish this post in one sitting. I haven’t accomplished that in quite a while. Thanks for tagging me, Jules!