Last week Colby had a short break from school. His room mates family invited him and five others to go with them to Florida. The family planned a boat ride to see the alligators in the Keys, time at the beach, and even an afternoon of water jet packing.
Colby told me that while they were playing in the ocean he saw barracuda and a shark. Several of his friends brains had apparently been over worked while at school and were taking their own little vacations because they recklessly chased the shark through the water. They gave up chasing the shark when they realized they didn’t want the shark to think they were playing a game of tag and that he was “it”. Being Colby’s mom I was concerned about his safety while in the ocean with a family of barracuda and a shark! But, he assured me that he kept his distance and that the other kids were closer than he was to any danger.
But, how close is too close? How close can I get to sin before it turns around and bites me? Sin seems to have a way of constantly swirling around us, and there isn’t much we can do about that. But, I can choose whether or not I will chase it while disregarding the possibility that it may turn around and bite me.
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7