There is an amazing similarity between Whac-A-Mole and life in general. Just when I think I have everything fixed in my house something breaks and needs attention. Often my wife will point it out and I know I should fix it right away but subconsciously I put it off. (This is not deliberate. If it were it would be amazingly immature.) The delay is so I am doing it because I want to do it and not because my wife told me to do it. I am told by psychologists this behavior is quite common. It is a man-thing. Then women think the man has forgotten and she asks again. He thinks she is nagging and thus the job is pushed even further into the future.
Let’s go back to Whac-A-Mole. I digressed into a bit of pop-psychology. This thinking that all is well and then another mole pops us is like trying to get my character where it should be. I am so glad that we are not alone with this issue. Paul speaks of it in Romans 7. Just when he thought he had things under control, BAM, he saw something new that wasn’t Christ-like. “I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”
It is not easy. The world continually squeezes us into its patterns of thought and behavior. Our challenge is to keep whacking the mole and knocking this stuff down where it belongs. Be of good cheer. Paul assures us in I Corinthians 15 that someday we will win. “This corruption will put on incorruption.”