Small Things, Big Trouble 小事情,大麻烦

Create in me a clean heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within me.
(Psalm 51:10)

I felt it at dinner time. Just a few twinges of pain in one of the right lower molars as I chewed my food. Thinking nothing more of it, I went to bed. The next morning, a constant dull ache had replaced the twinges. It disappeared when I was preaching in Skyline, but as soon as I boarded the flight to Singapore that afternoon, the ache morphed into a throbbing, intense pain. All joy of eating was gone even though we were celebrating my mum’s birthday that evening. Every bite brought a sharp, searing, neuralgic flash from the roots of this awful infected tooth. I felt miserable looking at the wonderful spread, but only managing soup and the soft rice.

Lesson? Small unseen things unattended can cause big trouble. It disturbed sleep, and spoiled my breakfast. I found myself grumpier, and easily distracted even though I was teaching a fantastic class of some thirty leaders in a Bible school. I dismissed the class early, and took a Grab to a kind ex-Skyliner dentist who slotted me in at the last minute. The problem? Infection of the dental pulp and root canal. Bad news. The narrow canals of the infected tooth had to be probed and thoroughly cleaned. It was a tedious and ouch! painful process, but the pain relief after that was heavenly.

Deal with the roots of sin, offence, unforgiveness, and greed early. These may be “small things”, and invisible to the naked eye, just like dental root infections, but left untreated they will fester and poison us, with painful consequences. Expose and confess them. Forgive and receive forgiveness. Repent and choose to live in authenticity, brokenness, and courage. Walk in accountability. That is what God wants for us. Deal with these “small things” and we will live in freedom with nothing to fear, nothing to hide, and nothing to lose. For small things can cause big trouble, later!

神啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直的灵
(诗篇51:10)

晚餐的时候,我就感觉得到它了。每当我咀嚼食物时,嘴巴右下处的一颗臼齿就有阵阵的刺痛。我当时并没想太多,便先睡觉去。第二天早上,那刺痛已转变为持续隐约的疼痛。当我在主日崇拜讲道时,那疼痛暂时消失了。但在我登上飞往新加坡航班的那个中午时,那疼痛瞬间转变为剧烈的抽痛。即使当天傍晚我们为母亲庆祝她的生辰,我已完全失去了享受美食的乐趣。我每咬一口食物都强烈地刺激了这受感染臼齿牙根的神经线,随之而来便是一阵剧痛。眼看着摆在面前的美食佳肴,但我却只能喝汤和进食些较软的食物,这真的我感觉非常的痛苦。

那这事件的教训是什么呢?不起眼的小事如果不给予处理,将引发大麻烦。它不仅干扰了我的睡眠,还破坏了我享受早餐的乐趣。我察觉自己变得非常烦躁而且更加容易分心,即使我正在一间圣经学校里教着三十多位很棒的领袖们。当天我提早结束上课,然后立即搭车到一位当牙医的前会友的诊所处。他非常好心地在最后一分钟让我给安排进去接受治疗。到底是什么问题呢?原来我的牙髓和牙根都受到感染。真是坏消息。那受感染的牙根必须被仔细检查和彻底清理。那是个麻烦且极痛的过程。但是,一旦疼痛被缓解,那是天堂般的快乐。

所以,选择趁早去处理所犯的错误、冒犯、贪婪以及不肯原谅的心。这些都可能是“小事”,并且不是肉眼所看得见的,就像受感染的牙根一样。但是,您如果把它放置一旁不加予理会,它将会加剧恶化和毒害我们,并带来沉痛的代价。揭露和坦白承认它们。宽恕并接受宽恕。悔改并选择真诚无伪、破碎降服和勇敢无惧的生活。有责任感的生活。这是上帝所要求我们的。处理这些“小事”,我们便可以活出没有惧怕、毫无隐藏也不怕损失的自由生活。否则之后小事就会演变成大麻烦。

Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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