It occurs to me again this morning that some things you can never go back from. Some things you just can't undo. Learning to read, for example, forever dooms you to a life of reading. You have no choice but to read the bumper sticker in front of you, the advertisement on the bus, the message in front of the church, or the billboard by the car wash.
Try as you might, you have no choice but to read once you know how. The brain makes reading like breathing--involuntary--so you see letters and make the words without really thinking about it.
Just try and not read this sentence. What a beautiful and inescapable outcome of learning to read!
I thought of other things I can't undo. When I heard the story of God's love for me, I couldn't go back from it. I couldn't undo that truth, and it changed how I read everything around me. Once I knew, I couldn't unknow, and now each moment becomes filtered through Jesus's love.
Do you wish I could undo it because it offends? I can't.
I'm doomed in the best possible way. The inescapable outcomes of a life of faith means you'll learn things you cannot go back from. It's that powerful and that complete.
Do you have experiences that made you see the world differently forever?