Keep a check on yourself …

“If a person is involved in some serious sins, you don’t want to become an unwilling accomplice. In any event, keep a close check on yourself.” 1 Timothy 5:22-23

When I was twelve we moved off the farm to a town of 5,000 people,, and I had more freedom than I’d ever had before. Soon I met two girls my age and we began to hang out together. I am not proud to say that we were not a good influence to each other–including baiting one another to shoplift. I knew better, but I took a candy bar at the drug store, and after eating it later felt like a piece of dirt. Later, I wondered what God thought of us three girls who went to Sunday School together and had forgotten about the commandment, “Though shall not steal.”

Fortunately for me, I never got caught shoplifting. My parents would have reminded me forever that I had made a big mistake to think I needed something badly enough to take it without paying for it. God took care of my punishment by haunting me then and even now when I do something I am ashamed of.

I no longer do teenage petty crime. However, every day I have the opportunity to follow the crowd rather than to speak up to what is wrong, and I have failed to encourage others to seek a new way to get what they want. God challenges us to check our behavior and change our ways.

Lord, thank you giving us opportunities to do what is right. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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