I want to tell you about my friend.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at him. No, from the outside looking in he appears to be as normal as anyone else. He’s calm, cool, collected. Has his stuff together.
Or at least appears to.
But in his chest beats the heart of a beast.
Yes, despite all appearances to the contrary, he doesn’t have it all together. He knows it, and it drives him up a wall!
He is a mass of conflicting desires, thoughts, emotions, pent up frustrations. He wants life to get easier.
But it never does.
It never does.
You see, my lunatic friend can fake it with the best of them. He can pose.
But in his heart he knows:
He’s not strong
He hasn’t got it all together
And prays everyday, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”
You might know my lunatic friend. He’s me, you see. He’s me–and you, and everyone who’s ever lived.
“For the flesh lusts against the spirit,and the spirit against the flesh. The two are contrary to one another.” And no matter how long we walk with Christ the flesh never gets better. We can get better at resisting its allure.
But it is never sanctified. Our souls are. But not our bodies. “Who shall deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We, as long as we are here on this earth, shall never be sinless. But let us pray fervently to sin less and less. And let us remember to be as forgiving towards the lunatic friends of others as we are of our own. That to my mind is what it means to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Are you brave enough to admit you have a luntic friend? Are you ready to do something about that? Put it down in words below.
God bless you!