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Don't Eat the Fly

5 Mar 2021 | Lt. Christopher Linzey Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Like many people, I go back and forth between eating healthy and eating … not so healthy. A few years ago on one of my healthy kicks, I regularly ate salads, fruit and yogurt as my primary meal. You know, the kind of stuff my wife would be pleased to know I was eating even though she wasn't around. So there I was one time eating lunch out and choosing to eat healthy foods.

After eating four or five bites of my salad I saw it. It was a dead fly on the side of the bowl, hiding out on a spinach leaf.

That did it for me - I lost my appetite. I couldn't eat one more bite of salad, not even from the "clean" side of the salad. And, true story, I was instantly reminded of the passages in the Bible that talk about a little bit of yeast leavening the whole batch of dough.

St. Paul twice talks about it: “Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough? Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough” (1 Corinthians 5:6) and, “You were running well; who hindered you from following the truth? That enticement does not come from the one who called you. A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.” (Galatians 5:7-9)

In both passages, St. Paul is talking about how allowing a little bit of something to exist within the community can negatively impact the entire group. The first passage is dealing with personal sin in the group. The second passage is dealing with spiritual leaders who preach a false gospel and corrupt the group.

The principle can be extended into our personal lives as well. When we allow the wrong things to continue to exist in our lives, then our entire lives can be negatively affected. Rather than trying to tough it out and eat around the dead flies, we're better off chucking the whole salad and starting fresh.

What is the dead fly in your salad?

What exists that can negatively impact your entire spirituality? Perhaps it's a person. Maybe it's a behavior. Whatever it is, do you understand that leaving it unchecked can eventually wreak havoc in your life?

Get it out. Start fresh.

Don't eat that fly.