I was walking my dog Latte’ the other day. It’s funny, he had already peed on our mailbox- But he continued to lift his leg at every mailbox we walked by! Sometimes he would lift his leg (with no pee coming out) and other times its as if he was just needing to sniff it out! He had trouble just walking by the mailbox so we could get a good walk in.
The Lord spoke to me during this time and said, “What’s your mailbox?” Huh?! “What are the things that distract your ‘walk’ in life?” Oh, I get it Lord. What are the things that pull me away from walking the ‘straight and narrow’?
For some, I suppose it could be television- that could be a distraction for sure. For me, it could be things like shopping, time wasters (on the computer too much). Even the other day I was in Nordstrom Rack and I hit the shoe section ‘just to look’ and I said to myself, this is my mailbox!!
James 1:14 But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
Am I saying shoes are evil?!! Absolutely not! (Quite the opposite) But for me, it was a temptation because I knew it would be an impulse buy, and I knew I didn’t need them.
With Latte’ (my dog), If we are going to get anywhere I have to say “Ahh Ahh Ahh” firmly and tug on his leash a bit, and then keep walking. Ever since I’ve had this analogy in my head I catch myself saying, “Ahh Ahh Ahh”and then walking away.
So I have to ask you today…What is your mailbox? What is it that pulls you, tempts you, but you know it’s not the best for you right now? Listen, when you find yourself in that situation, you just might hear the Holy Spirit saying, “Ahh Ahh Ahh”and tugging on you to keep walking.
25- Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you
26- Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm
27- Do not swerve to the right or left; Keep your foot from evil
Thought for the day: Sometimes it’s going to take us a lot longer to get where God’s trying to take us if we keep stopping!