Convenience

We willingly share personal information with companies for the convenience of using their products. ~Rebecca MacKinnon

I admit I like things to be convenient. I live on a farmette- three acres just outside of town – but I can be to the grocery, cinema, and Chinese take-out in five minutes. My church is less than fifteen minutes away as is the park where we like to walk among the trees.

But some things don’t happen conveniently. Neither of my children were conceived nor born when planned. Sicknesses don’t wait until my schedule is free for the weekend. Car accidents don’t consider that there are only six more payments left on the truck.

Felix was the governor who was overseeing Paul’s trial. He was very interested in Paul’s defense and learning about the ruckus that got Paul in this fix to start with.

But when it started getting personal, when Felix was confronted with matters of righteousness, self-control, and future judgment, he turned to convenience. He would dismiss Paul until the heat cooled down, until he could forget that he had made- was making – some bad choices.

Maybe you can relate.

You know the cheesecake in the freezer is inanimate, but its screams must be silenced. You indulge your craving time and time again. It’s not like you murdered someone, you reason.

The rated-R movie is based on a true story, how could it be wrong to watch truth strut naked across your screen and mount another conquest? It isn’t as if you are going to fling yourself on the next man/woman who crosses your path.

Coffee with your friends has turned again to tearing down the towers in your community. As people’s reputations fall, you sip your hot mocha and enjoy the resounding crash.

Sometimes convenience gives in to the sin. Sometimes it justifies itself. And sometimes convenience sits on a wall and watches.

Don’t give in to convenience.

No matter how close or far it may be.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 NIV

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