Insurance companies list dishwashers as a common cause for water damage in homes. One of the reasons why dishwashers make the list is because the leak is usually out of sight so therefore the slow drip goes undetected until the real damage is done. Unfortunately this damage can be costly. Sin in our life works much the same way. It starts like a slow drip; it is usually out of view and if left unchecked over long periods it causes lasting damage.
I am all too familiar with the problem above. The other day I was walking barefoot on my kitchen floor when suddenly the bottom of my foot scuffed up against a warped floor board. Upon closer examination I realized that four pieces of my hardwood floor were cupped. Cupping is when the edges of each individual floor board becomes raised.
You guessed it; the cupped wood was right in front of my dishwasher. I got down on the floor and removed the toe kick cover plate and I could see a three inch water stain on the floor. I then discovered the leak. The bottom of the twelve year old dishwasher had become corroded and was leaking slowly. The question was, how long had this been dripping?
I replaced the dishwasher at a cost of $750. The water remediation specialists cost an additional $300 to dry the wood to prevent the future possibility of mold. They told me that I would have to wait 2-3 months to see if the cupped wood might relax and return to level. If not, the damaged boards will need to be torn out and replaced. The estimate for that was yet another $1,000. All of this could have been prevented if I would have noticed the leak as soon as it started.
I am fortunate that I caught the problem when I did. Those few pieces of hardwood were only slightly cupped. If I hadn’t detected the problem when I did, and it remained unabated, the sub-flooring could have become damaged and that would have led to rot, decay and mold, and a far greater repair bill.
Now it is time for a personal examination. Do you have some areas of sin in in your life that are going unnoticed? Maybe you notice the sin, but refuse to do anything about it. Left unchecked, our sinfulness only grows worse. Sometimes I think we act as if time itself will just make our sinfulness go away. Time doesn’t kill sin. To deal with sin we must take action. Romans 8:12-13 tells us we must put sin to death.
Scott Hahn, PhD states this way: “We have an obligation, first to resist temptation. If we fail then and we sin we have an obligation to repent immediately. If we do not repent, then God lets us have our way: He allows us to experience the natural consequences of our sins, the illicit pleasures. If we fail to repent – through self-denial and acts of penance, God allows us to continue in sin, thereby forming a habit, a vice, which darkens our intellect and weakens our wills.”
The slow drip of my dishwasher was hidden out of sight. What sins in your life are you hiding? Luke 8:17 tells us: “For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.” Ephesians 5:17 states: “Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.” And finally we read this in 1John 3:8 “Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil.”
As we prepare ourselves for Easter, let’s use these remaining weeks of Lent to check for slow leaks (Sin) in our spiritual life. We want to catch our sin before it causes lasting and possible permanent damage.
Lord show me my sins so that I can repent, change my ways and prevent any permanent damage to my soul.
I will not be writing to you over the next three weeks. My wife and I are going on our 60/40 get away. I turned 60 this past Saturday and my wife will turn 60 later this year and in December we celebrated our 40th anniversary. We will be in the French Polynesian Islands and we will celebrate Easter at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Papeete, Tahiti. I have asked three board members of Broken Door Ministries to fill in for me. Joe Galloway, Pastor Lee Norris and Bob Lange will be writing the 4th Day Letters until I return. I wish you all a Happy Easter a few weeks early.