Friday: July 3, 2020
John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine my hands. Extend your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.”
Believing and doubt are states of being, therefore it is possible to transition from one to the other.
A story is told of a scorpion who requested help from a frog to cross a body of water. While this alliance was an unusual one, the frog agreed. Upon reaching the deepest point in the water, the scorpion stung the frog and while they both began drowning, the big eyed reptile asked the scorpion an obvious question ‘why did you sting me knowing that we would both not survive?’ To this the scorpion responded “I am a scorpion after all, that is what I do”.
The state of mind of the scorpion has become a recurring theme and common excuse, dare I see, because many see themselves as immalleable, unchangeable and unadaptable. Thus, they assume a fixed state of being with regards to ideals, attitude or character traits. If there is one thing we can learn from the story, it is in line with what Jesus tells Thomas “do not continue in your unbelief”.
Sweetheart, each of us has the potential to turn over a new leaf: because we have weaknesses does not mean they should determine the course of our entire lives. Negative traits need not define us because that is not “ALL” we are, and our weaknesses should not become our signature traits.