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Sunday, August 8, 2010

my formerly white pants

"For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."
-Romans 7:18-20

Someone who is as clumsy and has as big of a caffeine addiction as I should not invest in a pair of white pants (even if you did get them on sale at New York & Company for $14.99 - I love them, check 'em out here.  Not sure why the price online is so much more expensive than what I paid in store).

Of course, as the universe would have it, my new, crisp, formerly white pants suffered some spillage this morning from my venti-iced-caramel-coffee.  That's right.  VENTI.

I'm not a gal for cursing, but I assure you I came very close when the catastrophe happened.  I think the words that came out went something like, "SHAAAA-FFFFFFFFF-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Note: Venti coffees, though great for a early-morning pick-me-up and the stock of Starbucks, Inc., are a) bad for the economy. Nearly five bucks!  Woof! and b) bad for the wardrobe and should never be slurped in the car.  And certainly never slurped while both legs occupy cute, new trousers.   This brief interruption brought to you by hindsight.

This summer, my youth group decided to tackle the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  It's a faith-challenging and intellectually stimulating work of fiction that looks into the lives of two demons trying to fuddle in the affairs of Christ-followers.  I've learned that there are many ways that the enemy will try to mess up Christians in their walks.

The book focuses on a man who has been redeemed in his life through Christ.  The challenge of the demon assigned to him was to make him fall into the same patterns in his life that he was before he became a Christian.  

And isn't if funny that as Christians, it seems that we fall deeper and harder into sin than ever before when we commit our lives to Christ?  It seems as though the "cleaner" purer if you will, your heart has been made while following the Lord, the more susceptible you are to dribbling on your new white pants...er...redemption. 

And then the whole word stares at the metaphorical stain on your pants and knows that you had a clumsy moment in your life.  And calls you a hypocrite.

Moral of the story?  Venti iced coffees, white pants and driving on the I-95 do not mix.  However, don't let it stop you from enjoying a grande white chocolate mocha later in the afternoon.  Just wait until you're in your home and in jean shorts before enjoying.


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