“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.
Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.
God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”
― Max Lucado,
I came across this text today and it got me thinking….
How many times do we choose immorality instead of morality?
How many times we choose dishonesty instead of honesty?
How many times we choose prejudice instead of fairness?
How many times we choose bitterness instead of sweetness?
How many times we choose greed instead of apathy?
How many times we choose to trust ourselves instead of trusting God?
Yes… many times we choose the “dirt” instead of cleanliness.
The choice is always ours. But please remember, God has a better offer for us. Better than anything we could ever imagine! All we have to do is trust Him!