I like to look good. Not in a fashionable sense, per se, but in an “I’m a good person sort of way.” My children have taught me that no matter how hard I try I will never have it all together, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. I’ve struggled with this for years and more recently found myself lying to cover up bad decisions I was making. Even though it was the furthest thing from my conscious mind I had allowed myself to become like the Pharisees in Matthew 23. I looked great on the outside, but inside, I was dying.
The choice to follow Jesus is not just the initial choice to admit, believe, and confess–it is also the daily, momentary choice to choose rightly. Not choose easy. Not choose convenience. Choose right. Choose truth. Choose life. No matter how many bad/wrong choices you’ve made you can always choose in this very moment to do what’s right.
From one girl who desperately needs Jesus to help her choose right in THIS moment to another here are a few things that help me forgo the easy and choose Jesus.
1) Wise Counsel - It is so important to have wise and Godly counsel on your side. These are the people with whom you can be completely honest and who you know will be completely honest back with you. In my life, I had gotten to a point where I was avoiding these people/didn’t want to tell them all the nitty gritty details because I knew they would call me out on it. If you find yourself isolating from the wise counsel in your life, I urge you to instead run to them. Share with them.
2) Make scripture easily accessible - this can be done by not only reading the Bible regularly, but also putting scripture where you will see it. For some of us that may mean sticking post-it notes throughout our houses. For others it may mean writing in a journal. I typed some pertinent scriptures out in the “notes” section of my iPhone, took a screenshot, and set it as my lock screen on my iPhone so every time I turn on the phone I see scripture.
3) Come clean - be honest. There was some nitty gritty truth I had to face. I had to tell close friends that yes, I had lied. I was a hypocrite. I put looking good above being honest and in doing so I brought shame, but you know what? The minute I said I was sorry, the moment I turned the other direction…forgiveness was there.
That’s the same for you, friend. This Allume community, we’re about real light living. That means that we forgive, we embrace, and most of all, we stay. We are here. However public or private your issues we are here and we are cheering you on in your deliverance.
Here is one of my all time favorite quotes via the wonderfully insightful, C. S. Lewis:
“I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists of being put back on the right road. A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it can not ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it.” –p. VIII, The Great Divorce
When you’ve had to say you’re sorry and turn around from a bad decision, what helped you? What steps did you take to get right again?