I think that when I start to rationalize those things that I know aren’t right, or bend the rules to meet my needs in the moment, I sear my conscience … and the next time it become much easier. I “normalize” the very thing that I wouldn’t think of doing, and then it becomes okay. Yeah, it’s those “little foxes” that spoil the vineyard.
THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL
(This blog was originally published by Dan Leadbetter on June 16, 2014)
There was a song by Bruce Cockburn in the early 80’s called “The Trouble with Normal.” Bruce has always been one of those songwriters who has a knack for catchy tunes with great lyrical content and a hook that you remember. I had always loved that song, but when I heard it yesterday and listened with fresh new ears, I realized how true the title was.
My prayer is that my mind is renewed, my conscience un-seared and I look at things the way they really are, not rationalize them and make them something else in the moment.
That’s really the trouble with normal … it only gets worse.