Life in our world came back to a screeching halt today. You see, today was my first day back at work after Steph and I spent all last week in Sedona, Arizona helping her parents celebrate their 50th anniversary. We flew out last Friday and came back about midnight this past Friday and I think that we may have actually seen every red rock there was in the Sedona area.
Monday, we made the trip up northern Arizona to the Grand Canyon and met up with Erika Sitton from LMBC. She is at the Grand Canyon in the mission field for workers and tourists there. For the first 15-20 minutes, the canyon is so amazing that it takes your breath away. After about 20 minutes, its just a hole in the ground a long way to the bottom. We got kind of numb to it, and to the numerous red rocks in Sedona also. Don’t get me wrong, they were both spectacular, but they all start to seem alike and we get used to seeing them over and over and over again. We got to be numb to them because we experienced them time and time again.
Wednesday night, I am teaching the youth at LMBC on the subject of sin and forgiveness. While I was preparing for the topic, I realized that sin is like those rocks and the hole in the ground. We have become numb to it. We are bombarded with sin every day through the internet, through media, radio, television, etc. We are around it so much, that society is starting to accept it. Society is starting to say its ok to have bad language and nudity on television and movies. Society is making homosexuality glamorous. The more we see sin, the more we are becoming numb to it.
I am as guilty of it as anyone. After all, when was the last time that you walked out of a movie theater because of the language or nudity that you didn’t know was there when going in. I don’t think I have ever left a movie for any reason. I have accepted it because I am so used to seeing it at the movie theaters.
I cannot control what movies play in the theaters or what my coworkers say and do. I can, however, control the movies that I watch at home and I can control what I watch on television. I cannot control what Stephanie says and does but I am very blessed in the fact that I don’t have to worry about that. She and I have the same ideas and hold each other accountable. We can only control what we say and do in our household.
It is true what Dorothy said….”There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home.”
Thank You for the beauty of Arizona that You allowed us to experience. Thank You for the family that we were able to share it with and the memories that we made while we were there. Help me to know what You are teaching me through our trip and the message that You have given me for our youth. Help me to be aware of sin in our world and not to be a contributing factor either through my own actions or my own acceptance.