The world would like you to believe that everything is gray. The conversations occurs in many shapes and sizes, however the conclusion is always the same. Black and white is old news; at the very least gray is in, color even better!
These conversations focus on behavior and externals; yet, the words strike right to the heart of our values and priorities. Society today suggests that truth in family relationships is something that is optional, indulgence is ok as long as it is in moderation, and everyone has the right to self gratification. Principles are flexible, adaptable, and transient. Nothing stays rigid for long; we are a fast moving, adaptable, and changing group of individuals.
I wonder why we accept any of this as truth.
Life need not be gray, at least at the core. How you apply consistent values and priorities may be difficult, but that does not mean the underlying framework needs to change.
I look around and see where compassion, mercy, and love are present. I see there are consistent places where people find these in evidence; in people who center their activities around God’s gift of grace in their lives, in organizations who are obsessive about giving things away without concern for someone’s ego, and in group’s of people who humble themselves consistently before others they serve.
The pockets of hope are often difficult to discover, but they are there. I find in my own journey that God is asking me to take a stand, mirror the values and priorities I hold dear, and be accountable. It is so simple, yet I try to cut corners here and there. The opportunity comes with each morning to reset the course and direction of our life. God is waiting, ready for our decision.
You and I can make a difference; we can be true to how God created us to be. The choice is ours and it is a black or white decision. Today, I choose God and truth.
“A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it.” (Proverbs 14.5)