I spent the last few days in New York City with my husband. We didn’t choose that location for sentimental reasons; we just felt we needed a little time away from home together, to have fun and enjoy one another, outside of our normal stomping grounds. We had a blast!!
As we began to return home last night, we were met by unfathomable traffic jams flooding the NY City streets. Low and behold, there were massive security check points all the way down Broadway and parallel streets. On the huge Broadway street-screens, we saw news that the city was on high alert because it was the ANNIVERSARY OF BIN LADEN’S MURDER BY THE USA!! Then it hit me… Wow!! That was a year ago and I completely forgot about it already!!!
So often, the things, people, and milestones we find important are but a vapor in our memories. Not because we are trying to forget, but because in the daily grind of life and in the big scheme, we realize that some things we hold so dear and important are not always as critical as we think. On the flip side, there is another side to what we so easily forget…
As believers, we are to be a witness of the Gospel. Doing so may not always have a pretty bow wrapped around it. Quoting scriptures while soliciting empathy for your personal WHY ME? I’M THE BLAMELESS CHRISTIAN situation is deceitful and doesn’t honor God. Philippians 2:3 — Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit. If you’re going to be vocal about your circumstance(s), don’t FORGET about the moments where you were actually to blame…about the wrong you’ve done; how your actions are a big reason for where your situation currently is. We are so easy to play the victim when we’ve been “wronged”, but we so easily forget about how we’ve wrongly treated some people in the past.
God allows bad things to happen to good people. Yes, that’s a fact. He’s doing it to build character in us. He’s doing it to build our testimony. It’s hard to re-live negative things that we’ve done to others…the gossip we spoke, the lies we told, the hurt we inflicted, etc. But it’s not healthy to turn a blind eye to our wickedness by forgetting all we’ve done. To be a truly responsible Christian, you have to be accountable for your actions…ALL YOUR ACTIONS. Amos 5:15 states, Hate evil, love good; establish justice in the gate. It keeps you humble and keeps you from ever playing the victim because to know God means to also know His justice. We all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but we are not only here to make mistakes but to learn from them and give God glory in the process. Psalm 90:12 says, Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. I say, AMEN to that verse!!
Author Cindy Hess-Kasper said it best, “Character is who we are; it’s not something we ‘forget’.”
There is healing in honesty. There is honor in truth! Amen.