Little boys everywhere will love me for this post.

Those of us who are adults might shy away from it, but one of the reasons Jesus says, “You must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven” [1] is that kids don’t shy away from difficult or gross topics the way adults do.

So let me tell you about my recent thoughts on this topic, and how I came to the realization that we can learn a lot from our poopy, gross selves.

It all started just after I’d gone to the bathroom. You guessed right: it was a number two.

You know that nice sensation you get in your guts just after you’ve had a really good disposal? It feels so lovely to be empty, and it seems like you can take on the world. Well, I had those feelings that morning.

Then I started my morning devotions. It didn’t take long for the Holy Spirit to convict me of a sinful attitude I’d been harbouring for a couple of weeks. I spent some time in prayer, crying, and eventually released it to Him. When I asked for His cleansing and enablement to not continue my sinful mindset in the future, my spirit felt light, unburdened. It was then that I realized: the spiritual sensation after renouncing my sin felt very similar to the physical one after having a good bowel movement.

I had essentially just “pooped” out the sin from my spirit, and asked God to fill and cleanse me.

As I chuckled to myself over this, I realized that the illustration could be taken further.

It may sound overly gross to talk about poop, and compare it to things in the spiritual realm, but isn’t that the point? Our sin is gross to God—grosser than poop is to us. He has created so many wondrous and beautiful things for us to enjoy, but sometimes we ignore them in favour of harbouring and engaging our sin.

Remember those people from the Monty Python movie, who collected mud and couldn’t be dissuaded from continuing their senseless task? [2] We might laugh and shake our heads at such nonsense, but when we protect, cultivate, and stroke our sin, we are essentially doing the same thing with a dung heap, hoarding our spiritual poop.

When we refuse to let it go, we become spiritually constipated. We find it harder and harder to let it go. Eventually, it can explode and cause a messy, disgusting end.

But there’s good news. When we regularly dispose of our spiritual waste, we can experience the relentless wonder of a life lived in the joy-filled presence of our Heavenly Father. May we ever cling to Him, and not to our poop.




NOTES

[1] See Mark 10:15.

[2] See Monty Python and the Holy Grail.




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