It’s Not Enough to Know Your B.O.
We’re in the dog days of summer here in the western hemisphere. In North Carolina, the average daily temperatures hover in the low 300s and the humidity level is officially classified as “freshly-discarded gym sock.”
Last week my family and I had been outside for just a little bit when I inadvertently raised my left arm and … hoo boy, what’s the most diplomatic way to say this in a public forum? … I knew immediately there was a problem.
(I feel it’s my duty to tell you that I believe cleanliness is next to godliness. Two showers a day are my obsessive habit. I apply deodorant like it’s my job. But in that moment, I realized that my Degree was no match for the degrees.)
And it was gross. I was gross. Everything was gross.
Now, it was one thing to know that I had a serious case of pitting out. It would have been an entirely different thing if no action was taken. I can forgive a temporary lapse of epidermal freshness; I cannot forgive being willing to stay there.
It works the same way in our churches. Some of our people, a few of our systems, and a handful of our processes have organizational b.o. We stink. Yea verily, we reek. And temporary lapses might be okay. But staying that way is not.
Maybe this week, it’s time to raise a few arms and check a few pits. And maybe you’ll discover it’s time to hit the showers.
Let’s stop stinking things up.