A couple of weeks ago, my husband’s place of work had a closing bash. Drinks were flowing as they normally do in such parties and everyone was drinking. Everyone that is, except him.
Bosses were sharing cigarette puffs with their juniors, women were sending men to get packets of cigarettes from their handbags, girls were getting louder and louder as the drink got the better part of their senses and all caution was gradually being thrown through the window.
My hubby sat next to a gentleman who was also downing bottles of liquor as he studied this seemingly out-of-place work mate. Finally he offered some very much needed advice-or so he thought-to my husband. He said, “don’t worry, you too will start drinking. When I first came here,I too was like you, but look at me now..”
As my husband narrated that interesting story, I was reminded of one time a friend of mine attended a birthday party, and lo and behold, alcoholic drinks started flowing. The host, who is our good friend too, and quite lovely one I must add, offered us a drink that, in her own words, “haina alcohol — mob”. The ‘mob’ came a few seconds after the ‘alcohol’ so it took us a while to register what exactly she had said before the three of us burst out laughing. Of course we didn’t take the ‘slightly alcoholic :)’ drink but that story still amuses me.
Lately, I have mused over the several occurrences when I have found myself in a situations where I know I normally wouldn’t be found in, with people doing things I normally wouldn’t do. Or the occasional temptation that forces you to make godly decision, but no one will discover even if you don’t! And I have been wondering, at those times, what prevents me from doing something not-so-godly?
I pose the same question to you, what prevents you from doing something you know is somewhat wrong, even though you will not be found out? The answer to that question could make all the difference in your life, because as it has been said, you are what you are when no one is looking.
At that moment when it’s just you and the four walls, what you choose to do is what you really are! This thought scares me to my knees, because I know I have not exactly been the model private times perfect person! Have you gone to a certain site on your PC and then went straight to cntr+H? God forbid that anyone should ever find out YOU were checking THAT out!
Remember that ‘blessed’ moment when the matatu tout forgets to collect your fare and you almost alight before your destination lest he remembers! And you keep your gaze outside the window counting the trees as they run past you just to avoid meeting his gaze which might remind him that you haven’t paid! As one Erick Tito posted on Facebook one day, there are temptations you should not allow yourself to succumb to – like that one! I add: get bigger temptations to test your faith with, if you could.
There are more situations than we can count that require you to keep your integrity
even if you do not have to be accountable to anyone. And the big question today is, what prevents you from going the whole hog when you now you’ll never be found out?
What keeps you from sleeping with your fiancee before your wedding night even when you know too well that you can use contraceptives, you will not get pregnant and no one will ever tell what you guys have been up to? It’s your little well kept secret!
Psalms 139:1-12 summarizes it for me:
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3You discern my going out and my lying down
you are familiar with all my ways.
4Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
If you do not have a desire to please God that over rides every other desire, you do not have enough reasons to keep on the straight path.
Digest that, part two is coming shortly … don’t open another tab!! 🙂