About a week ago I was preparing breakfast when I seared my inner wrist on the rim of an aluminum pot.
Having spent a lot of time in the kitchen, I’ve experienced my share of burns. But this one was special.
The minute, diamond pattern, unnoticeable to the naked eye had been branded onto my skin. The ballooning of the surrounding skin assured me that this scar was going to leave its mark.
As expected, the atypical tattoo provoked many responses. They varied between humorous and concerned.
I couldn’t help being reminded of sin.
Many times we are pretty confident that we are doing the right thing, yet we end up with unexpectedly, painful results.
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) tells us that, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
When I selected the pot, I was fully aware that I had chosen the wrong utensil. But I couldn’t be bothered to make the necessary change.
At times we may be conscious that the path we are on is not the best; yet we couldn’t be bothered to self-correct.
Later we come to regret the lack of action on our part.
Sin leaves a mark, whether it is obvious to others or not.
As much as I tried to conceal the scar on my now marred skin, by wearing long sleeves, I was unsuccessful.
You may be able to hide your scars from people but certainly not from God and not from yourself.
So let us spare ourselves the unnecessary scarring and take corrective measures while we still can.