“You could just say…”
We were about to pass farm equipment on the highway near our home because a certain passenger had to go to the bathroom. When we realized it was a double solid yellow line in the center. We slowed way down waiting patiently for a passing zone.
While we waited, this darling said… “you could just say you thought it was a passing zone because the paint is coming off in some spots so it kind of looks dashed.”
At that moment, I could have gone the safety-lecture-route which certainly would be a good lesson, but I decided to talk about integrity instead.
Have we ever said that to ourselves? “I could just say…” It’s a common preempt to the very first signs of a lie on the horizon. I’m about to make a decision. Something in me tells me it’s not quite right for one reason or another. My mind wonders what what I would do or say if I got caught. It’s sometimes quite subconscious and typically not highly intentional, nevertheless if we can identify it and stop it before it becomes sin, before it becomes reality, if we can stop there, we can win the battle before we‘ve really even arrived at the battlefield.
But why? What’s really the point of choosing to do the right thing instead of the easy thing?
Share your answer with someone nearby and then check out a couple of verses for further insight.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death
2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Chris