Have you ever had to tell someone, you barely knew, that they had a booger hanging out of their nose? I have, and I’ll never forget it!
We were working at a camp for teenagers, and there was a rather tall man helping us. Someone came up to me and said, with a grimace ” Christa, that guy has a very large, nasty booger hanging out of his nose.” “So, tell him!” I said. Of course, they didn’t have the nerve. As we were talking, yet another person came up a to tell me about the booger. I told her the same thing, but neither had the guts to tell the poor guy. So guess who gets volunteered to tell him? Yep, I was the nominee!
Here’s my thinking. I’d rather someone tell me than to go around telling everyone else. So I grab some tissue, walk over and make some small talk. Not much at all mind you, I didn’t want that thing flying out and landing on me! So I said, “Hey, you have a booger hanging out if your nose.” And handed him the tissue. He said thanks and that was the end of that. No one had to worry about him unknowingly blowing it out on them, or it falling onto the floor and someone tripping over it. Yes, it was that big!
That, my friends, is a very uncomfortable, yet necessary situation. Its uncomfortable to have to confront someone with an embarrassing situation like that. What if you see a fellow Christian falling into sin? Do you judge them, and talk about them to your friends, or do you go to them and speak truth? Not holding a fellow believer accountable is worse than letting someone walk around with a booger.
Galatians 6 1-3 says, Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
I realize that someone having a booger hanging out of their nose is not a sin, but if you think telling someone about a booger is uncomfortable, how much more uncomfortable is it to call someone out when you see them sinning? I’m just saying. How many of us love people enough to hold them accountable? Often times I am more worried about my own feelings, than the fate of another person. We have to learn to trust God with these awkward situations and know that, as long as we’re trying to do the right thing, everyone will benefit!
To all my friends. If you see me heading down a wrong pathway in life, please tell me! I might be mad, embarrassed, or defensive, but I’ll love you more in the end for saving me from self destructing. I pray I have the courage and love to do the same for any of y’all. And for the love of all that is good and holy! If you see me with a booger hanging out of my nose, you’d better not let me walk away without telling me!!