Dear Father, today I had an incident of road rage. I was late for a meeting and this dude cut me off. Before I knew it, I was flashing my middle finger. Father, our hearts are like treading water in the ocean hundreds of miles from land. If I tread water, I stay alive. The moment I stop, I sink and drown. Unfortunately, I’m going to tire after a while. I cannot tread water indefinitely. Eventually, my body is going to get too exhausted and I’m going to sink and drown. Similarly, walking with You in faith and obedience is like treading water. It takes effort, continuous effort. However, my busy schedule and my handling a host of life issues is going to wear me down. At some point, I’m going to sink back into my sinful human nature. I’m going to scream in impatience at someone. I’m going to snap an insult at someone else. I’m going to be irritable, whiny, and bitter. I may let out a few colorful words that normally are not a part of my vocabulary. I may have the notion to get into a fist fight or to stomp out of the house in a huff. Or, I may even give another driver a finger. Father, sometimes we sin intentionally. Other times we sin simply out of exhaustion with a series of stress-inducing events in our life. We need to confess those unintentional sins as much as the intentional sin. Father, a deeper issue may be that we are relying on our own strength to handle these problems. In that case, our sin is one of rebellion, that we are, once more, trying to be the god of our lives. Father, if that is the case for me, please forgive me. Please help me surrender to You. However, if I’m simply exhausted, please forgive me and renew me. Fill my tank up again with the ability to deal with life while remaining joyful and at peace, focused on loving everyone, including drivers that cut me off. Amen.