As in many northern climes, a favourite pastime of Canadian children in winter is tobogganing.
I did my share of barrelling down snowy slopes on a sled when I was a kid.
Even though we lived in a big city, we had nature nearby. A ravine adjoined our neighbourhood, featuring steep hills bordering a river valley.
These hills were perfect for tobogganing.
The trick was to follow the paths through the snow that others had already made. Trying to forge a path through newly fallen snow yourself was hard going, but if you positioned your sled on ready-made routes, you could really pick up some speed.
The highest hill in the ravine was nicknamed “The Killer” by the kids. When the snow was tamped down by dozens of tobogganing runs it became icy, and you’d find yourself going faster than you expected.
You could build up so much momentum sliding down this hill that you could end up plunging into the freezing cold river.
It was a slippery slope, quite literally.
Sometimes in life we find ourselves on slippery slopes, don’t we?
If we’re not careful, we might blindly follow the path of others into sin. It might seem fun at first, and we might not notice that we’re accelerating.
Eventually, though, we may lose control and not be able to stop in time. We can unexpectedly end up in dangerous places.
Make no mistake, sin is a killer.
It kills relationships, reputations, trust, and future options.
Most importantly, it kills our connection with God.Read more