Monday, July 18, 2011

Watermelons, Elephants, and Major Sins:

Hebrews 12:1
...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles...

I bought a watermelon about a month ago.  

It looked so good in the store on a hot summer day, and I imagined cutting a slice outta that thing after dinner and letting it's sweet juice run down my face.

I put it in the fridge to cool until after dinner.  But for some reason, after the dishes had been put away and the pots and pans had been washed- I was really not in the mood to clean up one more mess, so I passed on slicing up the sweet treat.  Maybe tomorrow.  Or the day after that.  Or...the day after that. 

Four weeks later I bite into a slice of watermelon at someone's house and it triggers a thought- didn't I buy one of these?

I go home to my fridge, and there before my eyes sits the watermelon.  Huge as ever (and spoiled by now, might I add).  But somehow, I had gotten SO used to seeing that gigantic watermelon multiple times every day that I actually stopped noticing it.  It became a normal part of the background, until I hardly even realized it was there.  

I was sharing this story today as I was talking to a client of mine about the danger of getting so comfortable in our sin that it no longer becomes visible to our spiritual eyes.  That is the reality of how we function as human beings. 

We are so resilient and pliable that we can bounce back and conform to almost any situation.  But as life saving as those traits can be...they can also be permanently devastating.  To the man who gets so comfortable with the lust that has become the only excitement in his life.  To the woman who gets so numb to her addictive behaviors that they become a normalized part of her every day.  To the teenager who gets so acquainted with getting high as the only way to deal with his unpleasant emotions.  To the girl that finds her home in the toxic relationships that have taken over her heart. 

For those who get so comfortable with seeing their sin every single day, that they learn to become experts at learning to ignore it. 

It's time to come face to face with the elephant in the room.  It's time to recognize the sin in our lives that has outstayed it's welcome.  It's time to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Perfecter of our faith, and begin to recognize and throw off each and every sin that has so easily entangled us. 

Before it's too late.  


  1. The watermelon is a great analogy...and it's even better that it actually happened. Not that you bought a watermelon and let the wonderful, juicy, sweet tastyness rot away....but you know what I mean. ;)

  2. before it's too late..

  3. Thanks Chris....a sad but true analogy :)

  4. How very true. And makes me think that one value of close friends is that they sometimes open your fridge and ask, "What is that watermelon doing there?"

  5. Snacks, you are so right. I love your point...sometimes we need friends to call us out on things that no one else is willing to. I really appreciate that thought. Thanks for reading and for sharing your wisdom!

  6. Wow. That hit home. It's so true. Once you start ignoring a sin, the process of numbing begins. Thanks for the analogy and the reminder to take off the blinders and get rid of our rotten watermelons.

  7. This is my favorite. It is so true. I loved the example of the watermelon. Thanks for sharing Deb! Gob Bless You!


  8. HRH, thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts.

    Sally, thanks for the encouragement...I know this post is more for me than anyone reading, but I'm glad it challenged you as well. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it.


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