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A Bad Taste in My Mouth

A Bad Taste in My Mouth

What tastes bad to you? People have lots of different answers to that question. Our mouths have roughly 2,000 – 8,000 taste buds that pick up five different types of flavors: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. (And, no, I didn’t make up that last one. Umami got popular several years ago, and it describes the fatty, rich flavor of food.) We have our own leanings when it comes to what tastes good, but we know when something tastes bad.

One of the worst tastes catalogued in my brain comes from a stomach bug I had several years ago. Let’s just say I had Brussels sprouts as part of an Asian recipe with fish oil for supper, and as I struggled into the next day, I got to re-taste the sprouts and fish oil again, and again, and again. Now, not such a big fan of Brussels sprouts.

On Sunday, as we looked at the illusion of control in “Jurassic Park,” I suggested we can never control the sin in our lives. We like to believe I can section this sin away. I can keep it from others. I can keep it from growing. I won’t let it hurt anyone. We will never be able to control sin. Just like those dinosaurs running rampant and destroying everything in their path, sin does not take prisoners. Sin has one mission: seek and destroy all it can.

When it comes to sin, we are way better at finding ways to do it than we are about thinking of ways it will hurt us and others. I shared some sage wisdom I heard once about having countless ways to break the rules without thinking it through: “There are ten ways to get caught, and you can’t think of one.” Maybe we need a new approach to dealing with sin.

Instead of us trying to be smart enough to figure out ways to not get caught, maybe we should figure out ways to not sin. Trying to cover up the things we do that we don’t want to do or don’t need to do prevent us from having sincere, honest relationships with God and others. God knows our struggles and failing, and turning to God will be the answer we need.

For the next few days, let’s conduct our own experiment. Let’s ask God to deliver us from these habitual sins in one new way: make the thought, or the taste, of those sins be a bad taste in our mouths. We will ask God to make them like Brussels sprouts. (You can pick your example. 🙂 ) Whatever makes your mouth say, no, thank you, may God put that in our heads when it comes to sin. When we ask Him to deliver us from those temptations, He will respond.


Blessings to you,


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