January 5, 2009

The Trippies

6-You shall not murder.

7-You shall not commit adultery.

8-You shall not steal.

9-You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exodus 20:13-16 (NASB)

I call this next group of resolutions the trippies because they can really trip you up without you even knowing it. You think these are the easy ones: you are not a thief, you haven't slept with anyone outside the bonds of marriage and you certainly haven't killed anyone lately.

But think in terms of thoughts and words in addition to deeds as Jesus calls us to do. Have you stolen time from someone by your inaction? Have your murdered someone in your thoughts and how has that come out in how you interact with that person? Every had any issues ever with lust, even just once? Never, ever lied? C'mon, it is me who you are talking to. Be real.

In some way, shape or form, we are probably all mowing some of these down on a fairly regular basis. We just aren't good enough to steer clear of all the trippies 24/7. If you think hard enough (some of us need to think softer than that to arrive at the answer) you will have to say you missed somewhere on the list.

Remember it is about thoughts, words and deeds; attitudes and actions.


janelle said...

Ouch - it's all I can say after spending a few moments on your blog. There are definitely some things that God needed to say to me and he got my attention through your recent posts.

I appreciate how "real" you are.

Anonymous said...

Excellent series, Andy. I'm enjoying it. Hope your trip's going well.

Anonymous said...

Ummmm.... no pun intended on the "trip" comment.

Andy C said...

I was going 'ouch" as much as anyone as I was writing these. No way i think I am above this, it is a case of slef conviction.