As I try to fit years of work around the property into a few days, I usually end up with scratches, bruises, and cuts. I feel like I'm being careful, but obviously, I'm not. A few days ago, I'm guessing because I can't be sure, I must have stepped on something thorny without realizing and had a piece of that thorn stuck in my toe. I could only see a tiny black dot, so I wasn't sure if I had been stung and still had the stinger or if it was a thorn, but it was beginning to fester and hurt. I got out the needle and began surgery on my toe, and successfully removed it. It was so tiny, yet it caused so much pain. I feel like our minor indiscretions are much like that little sliver of a thorn. Though they seem insignificant, they are causing us much pain and discomfort. When will we learn our lesson? God put safeguards into place to help us, not to limit our pleasure. We will find peace and feel protected when we view his word as a helper rather than a limitation.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16