When a crevice becomes a canyon
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” - Psalm 51:10-13
Have you ever had a crack in the foundation of your home?
When you first notice, it might look like nothing. It’s just an imperfection. No big deal.
Then, a big rain hits. The water finds that crevice and starts to seep through the concrete. Little by little, the crack grows. The next time it rains, a little more water finds its way into the house. And then more. And more.
Before you know it, that small crack that seemed so innocent has become a fracture that has allowed significant damage to your carpet, the furniture and all of those boxes you were storing in the basement.
The same is true in our hearts. It’s easy to ignore the small imperfections in our lives. If we conceal our weaknesses, struggles and sin, maybe no one will notice, right? Sometimes, we aren’t even purposely trying to hide what’s going wrong. We might have blind spots that we can’t see ourselves. We need someone else to point out our cracks. When left unattended, they can become canyons in our lives.
I’m thankful that I have people I’m accountable to in my life. I have pastors, elders, friends and mentors who are willing to point out my weaknesses. I call them truth-tellers. My experience is this: The sin in our life usually starts with something small, like a little decision or a compromise. The crevice becomes a crack, which can become a canyon if it's not dealt with.
Psalm 51 makes it clear that our awareness and openness helps us to overcome these things.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” - Psalm 51:10-13
Before I found Christ, I had managed to make a mess of my life. But verse 13 has become my life calling. I was rescued from my mistakes so I could help teach other “transgressors” His ways.
What about you? Do you have people in your life who can help point out your cracks? If not, consider asking someone to start holding you accountable so the small sins don’t become a canyon in your spiritual life.
Do you have someone in your life who can act as a "truth teller"? If not, ask God to help you find someone who can hold you accountable, even in the areas that might seem small.