[Paul wrote] “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: … a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage…” Galatians 5:19
In Galatians, chapter 5, Paul summed up ways people interpreted freedom from “Old Testament law” to mean they were exempt from “spiritual law.” You may wish to read the lengthy list of pitfalls in verses 19 and 20–all could have been written for us today.
I never considered “a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage” to be a spiritual sin. But I must admit I could fill a drawer in my filing cabinet with such junk. Half of the drawer would contain concepts about my size. I know I’m not a candidate for a circus side show and that God blessed me with “regular” features. However, when I was younger, I wondered what it would be like to be petite–to wear frilly garments and not feel like a football player in a dress. I joked with my fiancé about how he would have to bulk up to carry me across the threshold and later was grateful to just walk over it.
My five-foot ten inch frame helped me on the basketball court. Today it comes in handy when cleaning the top of the refrigerator and when my shorter husband looks for me in a crowd. I’ve accepted my size and recently even joked about it with my four-foot eleven inch friend when I said, “Let’s go shopping and buy the same pants–what I cut off your pant legs, I’ll sew on mine.” I hope God laughed too, and cut me some slack on my spiritual downfall regarding the body God designed for me.
Dear Father, forgive me for stinkin’ thinkin’. Amen.