So yesterday I thought to myself – weekend is here and I have to blog, but what will I write about? I decided to wait and let the message come to me.
Lo and behold, within an hour, I had an answer. Here’s what it was…
Having to attend a wedding on Monday, I had already planned to bunk work, calling in sick – the absolutely normal thing to do in my past. My boss is stingy when it comes to leave allotment and most of my colleagues have learnt that it is futile to ask her for any. So the best thing to do is call in sick.
I am sure many workers do this. Most of us are not really sick during our ‘sick leaves’. It saves you arguments, ego, and a whole lot of other ‘pain’ that we feel comes along with telling the truth.
Proverbs 12:19 -Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Now in my new life as a Christian, I never for a moment thought that this would be a big deal. You know how you think you are good as long as you don’t commit the big sins (murder, stealing, adultery, abuse, addictions etc etc). Of course, I have moved beyond that in my re-birth and realized that even the small ones matter and have learnt the importance of being loving, kind and patient in my day to day life.
Now, in my daily prayer or personal time with God, I always pray that he would give me the strength to fight temptations (do not lead us into temptation) that come in the form of, anger, frustrations, cribbing, laziness, judging others, greed, selfishness, pride, arrogance, ego, etc.
At the same time, I have also been praying to the Lord that he will lead me on the right path, that he will open my eyes and not let me go astray, that he would SHOW ME/TELL ME if I am moving in the wrong direction.
I asked God to talk to me.
While praying this yesterday, I suddenly (in the middle of my prayer) remembered that I need to call in sick on Monday and right then, I had the Holy Spirit tell me, ‘No, you are not going to do that. You are going to tell the truth. Because you are going to do the RIGHT THING’.
And of course, I (in the flesh) came up with excuses (but she will not agree, but I will have to call her for that, but it could end up in an argument, a small lie like this shouldn’t matter, is this even a BIG DEAL?, do I have to do this?). Mostly, I just wanted to avoid a conversation with my boss, because why bother when there is an easy way out – instead all I have to do is message her on Sunday night, that I am sick.
But the Holy Spirit said, HAVE FAITH.
Point is, you don’t have to do the wrong thing to get the desired result. You can do the right thing and get what you want, if not now, definitely later.
Ephesians 4:25 -Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
HAVE FAITH that you will not lose out by being on the side of truth, on the side of love, on the side of patience, on the side of hard work, on the side of kindness, on the side of generosity, on the side of peace or to put that all into one sentence, on the side of JESUS!
Jesus is in me and he can be in you! Walk with Christ. Every thought, word and action should be worthy of Christ. Don’t let him down. He died for your sins so that you may enjoy life. He wants you to enjoy your life but praise him, follow him AND remember him at all times.
Even THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER.
Now, sure, if I had lied, I would have gotten my leave, attended my friend’s wedding and just gone back to work. But is that what a Born Again wants to do? Am I not the one who otherwise tells everyone, Jesus is here, don’t worry, do all you can (the right thing) and cast your care. Have faith. How easy it is to say this. But do we practice it?
Sadly, the very few can answer ‘yes’.
No, I don’t want to keep adding to my closet of sins or to my closet of shortcomings. Sure, God forgives. But does that mean I go about living without a conscience?
2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
So, here’s how the situation played out. Bracing myself for whatever outcome, (I boldly thought, Yes I HAVE FAITH), I called her up and said I have a wedding that I definitely have to attend.
Any guess on how she reacted? 🙂
This is why, I will sing forever, JESUS IS HERE. I don’t need this proof of faith to have faith, but here’s what I got out of this whole situation when I allowed myself to be led by the Spirit and not the flesh.
- I feel amazing that I am working half day on Monday, and not losing out on a whole day’s pay.
- I can contribute and help my colleague who would otherwise have had to deal with the whole load by herself. (How often I pray to the Lord to make me a blessing. This is how he answers).
- I still get to wrap up work with enough time left to get ready for the wedding and so everything works out perfectly.
- Most importantly, I told the truth and have NO GUILT. Life is more beautiful and simple.
- I found the answer to what I should blog this week and hence was ablse to share this message
Praise the Lord? PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!
Ephesians 1:5 – Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!