Last night I attended a meeting to learn how to use the AV equipment at church. I have no tech skills whatsoever – which will make me a great asset to the group. <insert eye rolling here> But a willing idiot is better than nobody. I guess.
The World Will End
The most important instruction of the night was, under no circumstances, was the glowing, red button with the tape over it, ever, EVER, to be turned off. To turn that button off would mean the end of civilization as we know it; the world would come crashing down around us.
Okay. I got it. Don’t touch the glowing, red button.
But…I really… REALLY… want to turn off the glowing, red button – just to see what would happen.
I Didn’t Listen and I Fell On My Butt
When I was in fifth grade, our class spent three days downhill skiing. Those of us who hadn’t skied before took lessons on the first day. I stood in line with the other beginning skiers as we all faced the instructor. One of his first instructions was not to lean backwards while we have on our skis. We would lose our balance if we didn’t keep our weight to the front, he told us.
Hmmm… Would that really happen? I skeptically asked myself. Maybe to others, but I wouldn’t fall backwards. So to test his theory, I began leaning – ever so slightly – backwards.
And I fell on my butt.
“Listen to instructions,” the instructor firmly said.
That’s Just Our Human Nature
Yes. Instructions are important and it is wise to listen to those who are more knowledgeable than we are. When we act against wise instruction, we are foolish.
Proverbs 19:20 tells us, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” If I would have followed that Proverb I wouldn’t have been sitting in the snow looking like a fool.
That’s just our human nature at times. We just wanna push that button. We just wanna see how far we can lean back before we fall. But keeping our eyes on God will help keep that oh-so-rebellious-side of us from coming through.
What would really happen if I pushed that button…? Can one be excommunicated from the Methodist church?
I don’t want to find out.
I’d better follow instructions.
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.