It is a crisp but sunny Monday morning, Thanksgiving if you are Canadian. I celebrated yesterday with my family instead of today. As I sit on my deck alternating from typing and warming my hands up around my coffee cup, I see an assortment of people coming and going, bringing food to the apartments to meet with friends or family.
Some are uptight. Some appear friendly. I often wonder what is going on behind the scenes with each and every person who crosses my path? I know there has been times where I've been crumbling inside and yet can manage to put a smile on my face and pretend nothing is wrong. Only the few people closest to me can tell if there is something wrong, and sometimes they don't even need to see me to sense it. They can tell it in my voice. I'm thankful to have people like that who have taken the time to really get to know me, and really care enough.
Last night I visited with my brothers who I hadn't seen in several months. They asked about people we have known and what's going on in their lives. One of the girls we knew recently had a baby; however, she isn't married. My one brother found this hard to believe as he had always veiwed her as a very strong Christian. He commented that if that could happen to her, it could happen to anyone.
It got me thinking how good and right God's plan is for us. If people saved themselves for only one person and didn't allow sin to creep into their lives how many less break-ups, broken hearts, diseases, abortion, unloved and unwanted children and perversity would their be? We all indulge in sin for one reason or another. Some of us are lonely and choose the wrong companion(s). Some have self-esteem issues. There are all kinds of reasons. But striving for sexual fullfillment with one person and maintaining sexual integrity with ourselves, our partner and God would cut out a lot of the garbage that's going on today.
As soon as we stop listening to God and listening to what we know in our minds we open the door for corruption to seep in. We set goals for ourselves but for one reason or the other, if we're not reaching those goals emotions and/or cicumstances will sway us or cause us to give up. We will sell ourselves short and obtaining our original goal, once we've fallen is a lot harder, if not impossible.