A couple of weeks ago, I was walking through our church’s worship center on a Monday afternoon and noticed the lady that cleans our building bent over under a seat. After saying hey, I asked her what she was doing. Her response kind of surprised me (although I guess it really shouldn’t)…
“Cleaning gum out from under the seats.”
I was surprised because I wouldn’t think that’s something most people would do at church. Maybe at school or a park bench, but it surprised me that they did it at church.
Then it hit me, how often do I do some what of the same thing?
Not with gum, but with other things in my life.
In my family.
In my leadership.
I have something that I don’t like or that I don’t want or that I don’t want others to see and so I put it somewhere I think no one will notice.
I don’t want to have to deal with it the way I know I should, so I just kind of stick it under the seat, regardless of who it hurts or where I am.
God lays something on my heart that I need to do… a tough conversation, an apology, an act of generosity, but I stick it under the seat and promise myself to get to it later.
I know there’s something I need to stop doing, but I don’t confront my sin, I put it under the seat and hope no one notices it.
I know an aspect in something I lead needs to change for the health of the organization and everyone involved, but I don’t want to deal with it right now the appropriate way so I find a quick fix and “stick it under the seat.”
I think we’re all guilty of this at times.
I can’t imagine what would happen if someone (maybe us) turned up the seat in our lives and we quit putting stuff under them but dealt with what’s on the surface.
What’s under your seat?