Fortunately, I was wearing a shoe so the damage was only on the surface-- and a little below the surface; but not significant.
That was painful! And embarrassing! Even more embarrassing because I'm being so public about it!
I got to thinking, however, that this is the way many of us conduct various aspects of our lives. Without believing anything will ever go wrong and expose our foolishness, we:
- Don't back up our data,
- Drive on bald tires,
- Work on running car engines,
- Fix live electrical connections,
- Sneak into places or actions that could ruin us,
- Pilfer just a little at work, and more.
In a book I recently read, The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley does a great job of putting into perspective the principle that direction-- not intention-- determines our destination. It doesn't matter that we never intended to be known for a particular failure. When caught and the facts come to light, observers often say, "What was he thinking! Of course those actions would lead to that!"
I encourage you to consider what poor decisions you might be making, and the path they're taking you down. I have some in my life that I'm battling, and knowing that deciding to go in a different direction when tempted is all that's necessary is very helpful.