Peace family, have you ever discovered that you’ve been doing or saying something wrong for a very long time, and never even suspected it? That just happened to me, and it really brought the need for accountability to my attention!
I learned to knit about about 20 years ago, but over the weekend, I discovered that I’ve been making a small, hardly discernible mistake that turned out to be a big problem!
I am pretty sure that I learned how to knit correctly, but somewhere over the years, I got off track and started knitting in a really weird way. If you know anything about knitting, I have had the working yarn in the correct place, but I’ve been going down through the stitch (like you’d do with a purl,) instead of up through the stitch.
I know that doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference, but as I tried on Saturday to learn a new stitch technique called a knit-forward-back, my incorrect method made it impossible for me to do that stitch! Imagine my uncomfortable surprise when I looked up several “how to” videos, and each time, they told viewers to begin “with a normal knitting stitch,” but it wasn’t at all how I have been knitting!
I’ve knitted with friends on several occasions, and I wish one of them had pointed out this mistake to me even ten years ago, so that doing things the wrong way wouldn’t come so naturally and be my default. Now, it is going to take focus and hard work for me to retrain my brain and muscle memory!
Peace family, sometimes, we start believing that we do things well enough on our own spiritually. We don’t feel like committing to a church, or we feel like we don’t have time right now for a Bible study, or we really struggle to give ourselves time to spend reading the Bible. We might even be afraid of opening up to others, or sharing our struggles. However, all of those things are so important to our walk with Christ! As much as we hate admitting it, every single one of us is sometimes wrong. When we don’t have other examples in our lives of people living in community with us, sometimes we can drift away from the truth, and forget what obedience really looks like. I didn’t intentionally start knitting my own, wrong way; I just thought I knew how to do it, and I failed to check back from time to time to make sure that I was doing things the right way.
We don’t like people to point out our mistakes, but if we want to do things right, honor God well, and remember the truth, sometimes we really do need someone else to lovingly point out problems that we might not see or have become blinded to. In order to do that, we need people who are sharing life with us, close enough to us to actually make observations, and safe and loving enough that we can be both honest and vulnerable with each other. We need to be checking our beliefs and life style choices against what the Bible says, and what Jesus teaches, and making changes as needed. The longer we travel off the path, the more difficult it will be to get back to how things are supposed to be.
Peace family, my challenge to you today is to examine your life. Let’s both take time this week to realign our focus, our priorities, and what we believe about ourselves and others with what the Bible says. Pick a small way you can become more involved with your church, a Bible study, or even just other Christians. Find a place where you can share and be strengthened through accountability! God created us for community, and even though it’s hard sometimes, in the end, it will be worth it!