There is an expression “flirting with the line” where you get close to doing something you know you shouldn’t. This has new meaning for me after last night.
Open Confession: my wife always leaves the car on empty and it drives me nuts. It’s one of those things that’s my pet peeve. More often than not whenever I get into the car it is on empty. She loves to go as long as possible without getting gas, and it never bothers her. Mostly because she has an uncanny ability to pass the car off to me right when it needs gas. Needless to say this bugs me, but she never found it a problem until last night.
Last night I got a sheepish phone call from my wife. She had 42 km left before dead empty on our car, and went into work without filling up in our town. She then went to visit friends, again not filling up. She was “flirting with the line”, an empty gas gauge. She got right close to empty and found 2 things: a gas station, and the realization she had left her wallet 30 km away at home. So here she was with no money, and no gas. Hence a sheepish phone call to me.
Eventually when you flirt with something long enough, you fall into it. This is what happened to Krista – eventually hitting empty, and being stuck in an awkward setting. But this type of behavior doesn’t just happen with gas gauges, Paul says it happens with sinful behavior all the time. We might allow ourselves to flirt with the line of rage, jealousy, greed, hate, or lust. We sometimes like to get close without crossing over. We don’t want to fall into it, but allow the feelings to be there for just a bit. But eventually when you flirt with the line getting close again and again sooner or later you cross the line. You might find yourself filled with rage, letting jealously control you, unable to get out of greed, or have lust ruin relationships.
So my challenge for today is if there is something where you are tempted to “flirt with the line”, pull back. Why bother getting close? Why even let yourself go there? You are made for more than that. Why bother focusing on the line or what you can’t do? Why not focus on how you can be someone filled with peace, grace, generosity, love, and life. And maybe today it starts with just deciding not to get anywhere close to that line.
And for my wife, if your reading this, maybe that means filling up the car… 😉
7 thoughts on “Flirting with the Line”
Thanks for the reminder Krista! I too flirt with the gas gauge line a bit too often 😉
YUP I must confess I do that all the time too. Thinking I will make it, and well sometimes I do and sometimes I make the call to say ” Ummm Honey….what are you doing right now?? Can you come help me??? I ran out of gas AGAIN!!! Hee hee!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!
I love this! Way to go Krista! (Sorry Andrew… I love the risk factor!) I’ve been doing this for years and only got caught once. Blogged about it too! lol! So it does serve a good purpose–something to write about!
Spiritually, you make a great point! It’s so easy to excuse flirting with sin and believing we are strong enough to not get caught. Great post!
I don’t flirt with the line (the gas gauge) because I simple deny its existence! I am truly blessed to only have run out of gas once. That is probably because my husband is more like Krista’s husband and watches the line for me.
So, there are a couple of things here for me. Spiritually, I really should know where the line is, because I might just wake up one day and find myself across the line and can’t get back. I can trust my heavenly Father to fill up the gas tank, but I better make sure I have the map (the Word), and my driver’s licence (my relationship with the Father) and that I am always going in the direction he guides me. I love the posts that get me thinking!
I think the idea that we need to know where the line is ~ is really profound. That if we aren’t paying attention we could end up “out of gas” or over the line. I hadn’t really thought of that before – but I’ll be thinking about it now. Thanks!
Oh what a laugh!!:). But on a serious note, I think that line can become very blurry at times. Best idea. Don’t even go to the line! Krista, Dave’s rule is, fill up at quarter tank!!;)
I like Dave’s rule 😉