The Not-So-Soft Truth

One thing that you should know about me is that I’m not a girly girl. I don’t like wearing dresses, putting on makeup, or carrying a purse. One thing that I do, for whatever reason, is paint my toenails. Yesterday, I was painting them and noticed scars from blisters on the bottom of my feet. A couple of weeks ago, Katie and I went to Daytona Beach for the day. It was really hot, but that was expected because it’s Florida. After sitting on the beach for about 10 minutes, we decided to walk down the beach to the boardwalk. After about 10 minutes of walking, the bottom of our feet started to hurt. It felt like shells were cutting into our feet. As it turned out, the sand, though soft to the touch, was actually giving us blisters. No matter what we did, whether it was putting our shoes on or walking in the water, our feet still hurt. We finally sat down for lunch and our feet were sore. Even though it took our food forever to get there, we were content to let our feet rest for a few minutes because we knew we still had to walk all the way back to the car. It was a rough situation.

The thing about our feet getting blistered was that we thought the sand would be soft, so we never expected our feet to get roughed up. The truth was that it seemed harmless, but it wasn’t. Our lives can be like that. Some things we do may seem harmless, but in reality, they are harmful and will leave us broken and injured. We often do things like say little white lies about small things, refuse to confront someone we love about the sin that they’re in because we don’t want to impose on their lives, or even listen to music that promotes questionable topics because it has a good beat.

When we do things like those I just mentioned, we fall into the lie that it won’t harm anything. Those things seem harmless, but in the end, you’ll get hurt and there will be scars left. Now, you’re probably wondering how listening to a song with questionable topics can possibly hurt you. I’m glad you were wondering. If you constantly listen to the words in those kinds of songs, those kinds of things will start becoming what fills your heart and your mind. If you listen to songs about making lots of money and doing whatever it takes to make that money, you’re going to start thinking that way and will end up hurting the people around you because you will stop at nothing to make that money.

When it comes to not confronting people we love about the sin that they chose to live in, we chose to not help them out of the sin, but remain in it. I don’t know about you, but if I were doing something that I thought was fine, but could harm me and the people around me, I would want someone to talk to me about it. I would want to lessen the possible damage that I could inflict on myself or the people around me. If we confront those that are in sin, we need to do so with a loving attitude, an understanding heart, and a forgiving spirit. By doing things with these attributes, we can help reduce any hostile or “in your face” type of reactions or feelings. It also helps show what Jesus was like. He never got in the face of those whose lifestyle He didn’t agree with and He didn’t make people feel unloved or lower than Himself. He helped them see the right way to live and love.

We should be like Jesus and lovingly help people try to get away from the sin and circumstances that weigh them down. It is our job as disciples of Jesus to help them avoid and get away from the seemingly good things that turn into blisters and scars and point them to the one Whose own blood was given to heal those scars. If we don’t do this and just stand by and not attempt to help them, we are knowingly letting them get hurt and scarred. What does that say about us or the God we serve? Let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus and do it the right way: as loving, understanding, and forgiving human beings.