Our 12-foot fold-down trailer has a small sink and some running water, but this is as close as it comes to having the amenities of home. As a result, we must frequent the camp bathrooms when we travel. This translates to having to deal with bugs, for there are always bugs in camp bathhouses...
Take the ladies' room, for example,
at the RV Park where we stayed near Inverness, Nova Scotia. It was
literally overrun with crane flies--that huge bug that looks like a
Fortunately, I'm not particularly squeamish
when it comes to bugs in a public bath facility, for I've learned that
if I leave them alone, they will reciprocate the kindness. I tend to
have a completely different attitude, however, when they enter my living
quarters, and when a stray crane fly managed to make its way into my
trailer, it was all out war.
Isn't it funny how my mind
differentiates between public bathhouses and my personal living
As I think about this, it occurs to me that this is a
great example of how we, as Christians, should live our lives. We are in
the world, we are surrounded by the fruit of the devil's work; yet we
are told: "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but
let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and
pleasing and perfect." (Rom. 12:2 NLT).
In other words, in
the same way I don't tolerate bugs in my trailer, we are not to let the
"bugs" of sin--worldly customs, temptation, addiction, etc.--into our
lives. Rather, we are to let God transform us--change the way we
think--so that our lives are free of the devil's "bugs".
doesn't mean that we must isolate ourselves from the world. Just like I
had no choice but to share my bathroom stall with a couple of crane
flies, we do live in the world, and we need to accept those we
live among for who and what they are. What we must guard against is
letting that worldliness creep into our own hearts.
I am not
saying we don't have a responsibility to the world. Jesus' last great
commission is to take the freedom of Salvation to all people in the
Matt. 28:18-20). What I am saying is that we must not become
like the world. We are called to love and support those who are of
the world, and to do that, we must do whatever we can to introduce them
to "the exterminator", Jesus Christ; but we are called to: "Live
clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in
a world full of crooked and perverse people." (Phil. 2:15 NLT).
What does this mean?
It means that when we see a few of the
devil's "crane flies" in the people of the world around us, we must love
and support them, and above all, we must try to point them to the great
"crane fly exterminator". Whatever we do, however, we are not
to let those same "crane flies" of sin and worldliness into our own
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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