This past Tuesday morning, I was running a little bit behind in getting to the office. I try to be here by about 7:30 so that the building is opened and the heat or A/C is turned on for the home school group that meets in our building on Tuesdays...but it was already 7:45.
Well, I was on 412 and, just before the big bridge I looked at my speedometer and saw 65! I knew I was in a hurry, but I also know that the other side of the bridge is a favorite hangout for local law enforcement, I immediately slowed down to 45.
After being passed by several cars, getting some “frustrated” looks from other drivers, and thinking to myself that it felt like I was driving so slow, I happened to notice that, for whatever reason, the 65 I had seen and the 45 I was driving was in kilometers per hour. So I switched the display back to miles per hour and discovered that I was actually driving considerably less than the posted speed limit.
On the steering wheel of our van is a button that switches the digital display of speed from miles per hour to kilometers per hour...and I must have accidently pressed that button.
It was a simple mistake that had influenced everything I did afterwards: panicking, slowing down, etc. But none of that really dealt with the underlying problem. Until I corrected the mistake, I would have continued to live with the consequences of that one small mistake.
Sometimes sin is just like that. We make a simple mistake and it influences everything else we do. So we repent of that sin (or we think we repent of it). Yet we fail to understand why our lives don’t just go back to the way they were.
The problem may be that we haven’t taken the appropriate steps to correct the problem. Repenting doesn’t mean that we say we are sorry and continue to engage in the activity. Repenting is turning away from the activity and making the necessary corrections to prevent continuing to sin.
Consider this, if you are traveling and you’re off course by just one degree after a mere 100 yards, you’d bee off by 5.2 feet. After a mile, you’d be off by 92.2 feet. The further you travel, the more off course you’d be. If the Apollo missions that went to the moon were off by just one degree, they would have missed the moon by 4,169 miles.
Sometimes the correction needed is something simple; sometimes it is a little more involved. But until we make that correction, no matter how “small” it may seem, our lives will continue to be blown off course by that simple mistake.
Remember that God has given us a road map. He tells us how to conduct ourselves so that we can reach our final destination. So if you find yourself off course, even by just a “degree” make whatever correction you need to so that you get back on course...before you end up someplace you really do NOT want to be!