This past weekend, we had our big annual family and friends camping trip. As with most camping adventures, it was a lot of fun, memorable, but also tough. You’re out of your element, out in the elements, throw in rain or little kids (or both) and you’re in for a trying weekend.
Anyway, the family up the way had a little boy probably 2 or 3 years old. At one point, he ran across the street to another site that belonged to his family or friends.
Immediately the mom sprung into action. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but in the heat of the moment her words to her son stuck with me: “What’s wrong with you? You can’t go walking into the street like that!”
Of course, this is coming from a place of love but it’s an unfair question to ask anyone let alone a little boy.
“What’s wrong with you?”
Let’s be honest here – there’s a heck of a lot wrong. We are flawed creatures standing on the wrong side of an infinite chasm separating us from our Creator. And, on top of that, crossing that chasm is something that we ourselves cannot do (alone).
Becoming the person God created us to be and hopefully crossing the chasm takes a lot of hard work and grace. The path to virtue and ultimately perfection in Christ starts with understanding where we truly are, how we are flawed, and what our weaknesses are.
It’s only by acknowledging our deficiency and what indeed is wrong with us that we can understand our need for Christ and His infinite abundance.