My staff was anxious. “The roof is leaking!” I scurried over to the room and stepped onto a soggy carpet. The dropped ceiling was dripping. It was the Monday after a long three-day holiday weekend, a weekend that brought torrential rains. It was inevitable that our roof would have a leak. I called and emailed the building management and informed them of the emergency and told them to send a roofer. An hour later, the repairmen arrived and assessed the damage. “Please repair the leak in our roof. We had a leak a few years ago so it is happening again.” A few minutes later, the supervisor came to my office. “Ok, we found the problem.”
“How bad is the roof?” I asked.
“It’s not the roof. A water pipe in the ceiling broke and it has been leaking. The roof is fine. We patched the pipe and we will be sending a plumber to make a permanent repair.”
I was so convinced that the ceiling was leaking, that I did not entertain other possibilities. It was not the first time this happened in my life.
Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
Psalms 119:29 (NLT)
For many years, I convinced myself that Christianity and all religions were an excuse for the weak. There was no other explanation that I was willing to consider. The reality was that I was lying to myself. I was the one who was weak and desperately needed help and direction. Only when confronted with the breadth and depth of my sins and the question, “What do I do with my guilt?” was I able to finally consider the possibility that I was wrong and God may be correct.
Lying to myself prevented me from seeing the Truth of God’s grace and mercy. He showed me that I no longer had to feel guilty when I truly confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Lying to myself denied me the privilege of knowing God and His forgiveness. Don’t make the same mistake that I did for far too long.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.