A “schlumpadinka” is a term attributed to Oprah Winfrey and it means “one who lets themselves go.” Now, she was talking fashion, but the Christian world is full of schlumpadinkas.

Occasionally, I’ve been one myself. Now tell the truth. You too?

Do we skip our daily devotionals due to lack of time or, perish the thought… lack of interest?

How often has a baseball ticket interfered with a church service; our mouth spew forth doubt instead of faith?

Do we make choices based on our human instincts, rather than God’s spiritual truth? Surely we never see our problems as more than God can handle and we never stop praying when the answers are slow in coming… do we?

Take heart with these words from Billy Graham:

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement.”

I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive,’ or ‘Help me.’

So dear sister and brother schlumpadinka, let’s lean on that forgiveness because it is also available to us, not just great evangelists.

If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped. (Psalm 130:3-4, MSG)

Prayer – Father God, thank you for your grace and mercy, especially for our schlumpadinka habits. Amen

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