Watch Out For Pebbles

Do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it.Proverbs 4:14-15

My kids enjoy rollerblading. My 13-year-old son likes jumps, rails, and anything else he can do tricks on. But my daughters like long excursions on smooth paths.

Straight-line blading has its hazards too, my daughter Julie explained to me. She said that when she blades, she stays alert for big obstacles ahead like a large rock or a limb on the path. But she said that most problems are caused by small pebbles she doesn’t see while watching for the big objects.

Then she made this observation: “It’s like that in life. You keep watching for the big problems, but then a little one surprises you and causes trouble.”

She’s right. Most of us are on the lookout for life’s big difficulties—the big sins. But we allow what might be considered a less serious problem to trip us up. An angry word, a dirty thought, a hateful feeling toward someone—we see these as small indiscretions. But to a holy God, all our sins are serious. Look at Uzza. He may have thought that touching the ark of God was a small infraction. But it wasn’t, and he died instantly (1 Chronicles 13:5-10).

“Little sins” can cause us to fall down in our forward movement toward maturity. Sure, watch out for the big problems, but don’t forget the pebbles.

It’s “little” sins that trip us up
And cause an unexpected fall;
That’s why we need to stay alert
To every sin, both large and small. 


Little sins can add up to big trouble.

By Dave Branon

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