The Opposite of a Bath

I came home this morning between appointments to find my wife gagging at the site of human waste in the bathtub. No, I didn’t have a confusing night. The boy child decided that it’s inconvenient to get out of the tub to take care of business. While I agree with his initial thesis, I would not have chosen to take the same path as he did. We had a good talk. I think we both learned something. I learned what a blessing Clorox wipes and rubber gloves are; he took another step forward to what will end up being a victory in the potty training arena.
The strange thing is that I remember doing the exact same thing when I was little. And while it’s a little gross and maybe even shameful to mention on what is otherwise a blog of some esteem, I think it’s important to deal with the crap in our lives. And here’s the connection — we’ve all “done that” in the wrong places and in ways that affect people. This works whether we’re speaking literally or figuratively, but for the sake of being spiritual I am likening sin to human goo and the offense it brings.
When we sin, we offend God. Always. And we usually offend other people. It violates the love-love relationship we’re called to have with God and with others. Plus, it makes a big disgusting mess. This is the opposite of a cleansing bath, when sin abounds. And only Jesus can cleanse this kind of offense. Thankfully, with His help, I can handle this goo that was in the bathtub. It’s gross but it’s forgotten. It’s gone. Forgiven. We’ve moved on. I don’t expect Malachi to keep bringing it up and reveling in it. I expect him to know that he did wrong but that his loving parents offered discipline with grace. And may he never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never do that again. Amen?

About radamdavidson

I'm a husband, dad, and pastor living in Portage, Michigan. I suppose I'm a euphoric melancholy generalist with average skills, experiences, and passions across several intertwined disciplines and hobbies including music, speaking, writing, leadership, ministry, and collecting cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at www.radamdavidson.com, subscribe to my podcast (RadCast) or friend me on facebook.com/radamdavidson. about.me/radamdavidson
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