I love summer.
Most Summers were spent at the North College Hill swimming pool. I think my brothers and I put in 6-8 hours, a day, at the pool. We didn’t need to fake bake. We were fried by lunch.
We loved hanging out with friends, at the pool and we played all kinds of games. My favorite “game” was dunking. I was pretty good at it.
THE ART OF DUNKING
I would begin by swimming, under water, from a far distance (20 miles I’m sure). Unbeknown to my friends, I would spring up and lock my arms around theirs. They knew what was coming next. I would dunk them, back and forth, into the water.
Don’t you hate that feeling?
It’s a helpless feeling to be under water and loosing air.
COMING UP FOR AIR
The people we dunked want to come up for air. Because we love our friends and fear our mothers, We let them up. This is usually preceded by our friend wanting to return the favor and allowing us experience what they had to experienced.
WHEN DUNKING TURNS INTO AN EVERY DAY PRACTICE
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godliness and wickedness who suppress the truth by their wickedness. _ Romans 1:18
The Apostle Paul writes about a kind of dunking that seems to happen throughout our lives. He says that people “suppress the truth by their wickedness.”
Suppress is loaded with meaning:
- To Hold something down with force
- Even though when truth is before us, We “hold down” or dunk what we do not want to address.
James writes it a bit differently:
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when is full-grown, gives birth to death. _ James 1:15
Sin also wants to come up for air & we can only hold on for so long.
We spend much of our lives “dunking” poor choices, horrible memories, embarrassing moments, sinful rebellion, and many other things. Every personality finds their own way of doing this.
Two Scriptures and Two Thoughts
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. _ Hosea 4:6
Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. _ Zechariah 4:6
1. We don’t know what to do.
What memories or situations are you suppressing because you have no idea what to do? How long do you want to keep holding on? Many have thought the Christian life was a prize at the end of life. It’s for now. Choose to be developed by the Scriptures.
2. Letting go means losing control and that’s ok.
Because we suppress things under water, It’s difficult for others to notice. Some of us suppress things with a smile on our face, or live in the right neighborhood, or know the right people, or maybe we bludgeon ourselves with guilt, depression, and sadness.
All of us choose between being committed to what’s below the surface or addressing what we have given permission to define us. Morality, religion, good works, and rebellion are all great ways to strengthen our muscles. If we are going to suppress something, We need to be strong.
The Gospel invites us to engage life not in our own strength but in the strength and confidence of our growing relationship with Jesus. We either keep fighting or let go. Let go.