I was sweeping up the pieces of a broken glass lampshade this morning and the Lord showed me how the pieces were like our choices.
I’ve seen pretty memes on social media about how we should live our lives without apology, but a life without apology doesn’t always look beautiful. A life without apology is selfish. It can even be evil. It can look like rape, murder, genocide, incest, abuse, lies, manipulation, or many other things that people aren’t thinking about when they see they first see that statement.
The choices we make in our lives affect other people whether we want them to or not. Cause and effect is a certainty.
Now, if our choices are to sin, things around us break. Even things in the lives of others. We may not like to believe it, but it’s true nonetheless. If we choose to lie, others are hurt. If we choose to murder, others are affected. If we choose to [you fill in the blank] there is a ripple affect.
“Oh, but no one else even knows what I’m doing.” Maybe they don’t, and maybe they won’t, but I assure you that your choices are affecting the people around you. Pieces around you are breaking. Things are not whole and well like they used to be.
Even though I swept up the pieces of that broken lampshade, I am sure there are pieces that are scattered in places I cannot see. Some pieces are so minute that I can’t see them. Some will show themselves later on down the line.
It’s the same with our choices. Whether good or bad, we don’t always see the outcome and affect of our choices until later, and some are so minute we may not notice, but we can know with certainty that our choices have affected those around us.
As Christians, we don’t have the luxury of living a life without apology. Sorry. We have people counting on us and a God to answer to, in the end. We are called to be a living sacrifice…even in 2019.
Sorry, not sorry,