This summer our family had the opportunity to stay at a lake house for a few weeks while my husband finished his manuscript for his latest book. We had the best time.
There was one thing about the house, there was no trash pick up. We had to transport our trash to the nearest county dump site. When we got to the house, the trash cans looked fine. They weren’t stinky or slimy. The dump site wasn’t far from the house and the task did not seem too big of a deal, that is for the first few days.
When we took the trash to the dump every couple of days it wasn’t a problem. But as our time wore on at the rental house, I got more relaxed and maybe a bit lazy. I’ll take the trash tomorrow. Then when tomorrow came, I realized the information sheet said that the dump was closed Wednesday and Thursday. Oops. By the time Friday came, I had two very full, very smelly trash cans. When I got to the dump, I realized that maggots had settled into the trash cans. Yuck. When I returned home I still had a mess to clean up because I had to rinse out the trash cans.
What originally was not a big job turned out to be a gross ordeal all because I put it off.
Isn’t it funny how life works out that way. When we put something off it doesn’t usually go away, it just gets worse. When we don’t deal with a situation it often escalates into a bigger deal than it should have been. I am not only talking about our relationships with others. But there are a few things that God wants me to address in my life that I often times want to avoid.
What person are you putting off forgiving?
What conversation do you need to have with your child?
What habit do I need to give up?
What discipline do I need to begin?
I can deal with it now, or I can ignore it until it grows into something it never had to to begin with. Nip it now and move on.
And just for fun, I thought I would share with you the rules of the dump (pay close attention to #1). Ahhh, the beauties of North Carolina…