How To Handle A Milk Spill
My toddlers fascinate me. If you have any experience with young children, you can probably recall some very weird things they say and do. It is very obvious that toddlers' brains are not fully developed, as many of their words and behaviors follow absolutely no sound reasoning or logic.
Some examples; putting random things in their nose/ ears, asking to read the same story books over, and over, and over, and over, closing themselves in the fridge, walking across Legos for fun. Kids are weird!
I have a set of 21 month old twins. One of the weird, unreasonable things they do (that, by the way, annoys me so much) is they intentionally spill their milk. It goes like this: they have a sippy cup full of milk, they are walking around lazily holding their cup, a little drop of milk falls out on to the floor.. they look at the little drop of milk... pause... think for a moment... and suddenly they turn their sippy cup upside down and shake violently getting as much milk on the floor as possible. WHAT?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT??? Why in the world would you want to purposely spill more milk, when you only originally spilled one little drop??? Don't they know I am going to make them clean it up?
Pretty silly huh?? But, how often do we do the same exact thing? Of course not with spilling milk, but, spiritually. Here is what I mean: we have a little slip up, we "spill a little drop of milk" so to speak-- maybe we say something we shouldn't, we have a moment of weakness and give in to temptation, we miss a day of study and prayer... A mess up, but something that is "clean-uppable." Logically, what should we do? Clean up the little spill and move on and try not to spill anymore. Why is it, then, that we act like my toddlers? We spill the little (spirital) drop of milk, and we look at our mistake, and we say 'ah whatever, I messed up today, might as well pour out the whole cup.' This happens to me often, I slip up, do something I know I shouldn't, and so for some reason I act like that day is a spiritual bust and I therefore should just go on sinning....
We are going to spill a drop of milk (spiritually) because we are human. When this happens, let's work on cleaning that little mess up, and moving on and trying to not let it happen again rather than dumping out the whole cup. God's grace allows for spilling a drop, cleaning up the mess, and trying to be more careful next time. God's grace does not allow intentionally pouring out the cup.
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:7,9
"Should we continue in sin so that grace my abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?" Romans 6:1