If the Truth Be Told...
On an evening not too long ago when a chocolate was missing from a gift bag of one of my children (who shall remain nameless in an effort to protect the innocent), an interrogation proceeded at the dinner table. The question was, “Who stole the missing chocolate?” To no avail, the victim of this heartless crime went after everyone in the room using various tactics to uncover the truth.
Soon, my husband started in on a Bible story. The story of Ananias and Sapphira. This story is the account of a couple who did not tell the truth. What they said and what they did were two different things. Both chose to lie separately about the same situation and both ended up dead later on that same day. Can you imagine? A simple seemingly little lie and DEATH!
So, Phil (my husband), asks the kids at the conclusion of the story, “So, what do you think would happen in our house if this is what happened to you when you lied?” One of my kids (who will also remain nameless so as to not cast a dark shadow on their character:)) immediately said with a smirk, “I would be the only kid still alive-still standing!!”
Wow!!! We all busted up in laughter.
Isn’t that how we are though? We see the problems so quickly and easily in the lives of others and yet we completely overlook any fault of our own. I like this phrasing from Matthew 7:1-5, “Why do you think we tend to be more critical of the plank in other people’s eyes when it’s the same variety of wood clouding our own spiritual vision?” So true!
How about today we just ask God to clear our own vision (and I’m included here!!). How about we ask a close friend for their perspective on anything in our hearts that may need some adjusting. How about we just enjoy the gift of another and not critically assail their character...but encourage them in the ways they are a gift in our lives today. Let’s choose to enjoy this day of the journey...as we allow our own hearts to be changed today!!
Let’s let the truth be told in and about our own hearts today!!
Shanda Harris is a lover of Jesus, dedicated wife, mother of 6 and the Women's Pastor at Epikos Church in Bend, Oregon.