Meet my Friend, “Consequence”
I have to confess, one of my greatest character defects growing up was lying. I would lie about everything, even if telling the truth wouldn’t have gotten me in trouble. I don’t know why I lied but it became so prevalent I started to believe some lies as truth! That’s when you know you’re in trouble.
In fifth grade it was common when you failed a test to have it signed by your parents. I was never fully on board with this idea because I didn’t think it was fair for my parents to endorse something they didn’t earn. I earned the “F” fair and square, so I should be the one to sign it… See? You’re looking into the my fifth grade mind. I never thought the whole purpose was accountability for me to my parents. All I knew was, I bring home an “F,” I get a consequence. Around my house my dad’s 42″ leather belt was nicknamed “Consequence.”
On one particular occasion I failed yet another test. Mortified to have another personal encounter with “Consequence,” I signed my mom’s signature on my test. By fifth grade I had mastered my mom’s signature, while still-to-this-day, I could never copy my Dad’s. There was only one problem: The Holy Spirit had convicted me of this sin, which lead me to erase the signature and turn it in. There was only one more problem: The teacher saw that my “mom” had signed the test, but then erased her signature, so what does any good teacher who loves for their students to meet Consequence do? They call the parent.
My mom and I had a come to Jesus meeting that afternoon and she was so confused why she signed it (the signature was that good), yet I erased it. I never told her the truth. That day, I met Consequence’s friends: Reminder, Reprimand, and Admonish.
Better for me to meet those friends verses the friend Ananias and Sapphira meet… DEATH! Continue reading Acts 5: “It’s Not About the Money!”