My beard is beginning to grow a little longer than usual and the weather is very hot as well, so the length of my beard has been irritating me.
I was greeting at the door at church this morning and someone asked me, “Aren’t you irritated with your beard?” I responded by saying, “Yes, it is irritating me but I was too lazy to go have my hair cut and shave my beard but I’m planning to do it this evening.”
As the words fell out of my mouth it dawned on me that’s how we respond to important matters in our lives. Many things in our lives may be irritating to us to the point of discomfort but we are just too lazy to navigate our way out of them.
If you’re just too lazy to deal with the overgrown parts of your life (metaphorically speaking) then you might discover levels of discomfort and disproportion. Therefore, it’s imperative that we make the time to correct the parts of our lives that are shabby, irritating and disproportionate.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed– not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence– continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13