Live Well: Day 26

Have you ever kayaked upstream? Canoed against the current? Every stroke is a battle. The waves crash over the bow. The wind beats against your face. You want to quit, but you can’t because even if you miss one stroke, you’ll lose all the ground you gained. So you keep battling because it’s your only way out.

This struggle is exactly how it feels when we’re stuck in the whirlwind of sin. Past mistakes and regret drag on us making every stroke a battle, and the 20 mph wind beats on our bodies and holds us back from moving forward in life.

But life is hard enough. Life is difficult even without addictions, affairs, overspending and neglecting our health. We don’t need the wind and waves of sin holding us back too. So today, let’s follow Jesus’ advice and leave our lives of sin, so that life will go well for us and the wind of God’s favor will always be at our back supporting us along the way.

Scripture: Proverbs 6:27-35

27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap
and not have his clothes catch on fire?
28 Can he walk on hot coals
and not blister his feet?
29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.
He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

30 Excuses might be found for a thief
who steals because he is starving.
31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole,
even if he has to sell everything in his house.
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool,
for he destroys himself.
33 He will be wounded and disgraced.
His shame will never be erased.
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation,
nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.