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Daylight Savings Lingers

March 18, 2014

The daylight savings time change has been over a week ago. I am still paying the price for it. I’m sluggish, constantly worn out, and I even doze off watching hockey games. I am still getting my regular amounts of sleep. Yet my body is just not recovering from losing that one hour. It is treating me like a week-long hang over.

Why am I still talking about the daylight savings time change? Because it has affected me much longer than I thought it would. Then I thought about it for a bit and realized this has been like the consequences of sin.

When we sin, it damages us. Even after repenting of the sin and releasing the situation to God, the sin may have an ongoing consequence. I have known many Christians who feel it is not fair for the consequences of their sin to follow them after they have repented of it. They feel once they admit their wrong, once they confess the sin, the consequences should no longer apply to them. All should go back to normal. That is not the way things work though.

Like the time change, sin has lingering effects. At times the consequence of sin is obvious – you commit a crime and you must spend time incarcerated. But other times the consequence of sin is not so obvious. You may commit a sin in secret and expect there will be no consequences. And there may not be any for many years. Eventually, the consequences will show up on your door step. It will be time to pay the consequences.

How do we deal with this? Just as we like to own the rewards of our success, we need to be prepared to own the consequences of our sin. This may be broken relationships, or financial damage. Regardless of the consequence, it is your sin and the consequence belongs to you and you alone. Learn to own your actions, both good and bad.


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