“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days that you will possess” Deuteronomy 5:33
When I learned to type in elementary school, we used this program called ‘Type to Learn.” If you’ve never heard of it, Type to Learn is essentially this typing game where as you complete different activities you progress through the levels. My class was told that once we had completed Type to Learn that we could have free time.
At some point during fourth or fifth grade, I realized that there is a way to rig the system and to get to the last level. So I did! I showed my teacher, lied and told her I had just completed the last level and was told I got to have my free time the rest of the year. I was ecstatic - what was the big deal anyways?
But now almost ten years later, I cannot type. I type with my pointers fingers. I am typing this with my pointer fingers. I type slowly, inefficiently, and poorly, and it is going to take a while for me to relearn how to type like an actual adult.
I think a lot of the times we think of our sin in a similar fashion. We sin and think that it is no big deal, or that it won’t change much anything in the grand scheme of things. But God has placed boundaries on our actions, not to harm us or prevent us from having fun but to ultimately hep us and keep us happy in the long run.
In elementary school, I had no clue how that decision to rig Type to Learn would impact the rest of my academic career. My not being able to type well has impacted my experience at college. I hand write notes because it’s faster for me than typing them. I think faster than I can type, so papers are long and hard to write.
All sin ultimately hurts us, and that is why the Lord gives us guidelines. What is your Type to Learn? Where are you sinning thinking it’s no big deal, that it won’t possibly effect you long term?