Gina Caswell Kelly
I saw a quote once that I thought was so very telling of the direction our society is heading. The quote was, “Nothing is ever wrong. We learn from every step we take. Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be. Be proud of you.”
Can you see the problems here? On first glance, maybe it seems harmless enough. But look a little deeper. Can you see the problem with the statement “Nothing is ever wrong”? Oh my goodness! This is incorrect on so many levels. Nowhere in God’s Word does it say that nothing is ever wrong. In fact, just the opposite. God so very lovingly, but so very seriously points out to us that many things are, indeed very wrong. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right. Just because it makes you feel good, doesn’t make it right. Just because you wanted to, doesn’t make it right. God’s law makes it wrong or right. If He ever said it was wrong, it is still wrong. It does not matter what is politically correct. Wrong is wrong. Right is right. End of story.
Now the next sentence is fine. We do learn from every step we take. Especially if we are taking each step with God as our guide. But, that next sentence, “Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be.” I have a huge problem with that and you should too. If you chose to go out and rob a bank, you can’t seriously say, “that was just how it was meant to be.” If you stayed home and did not go to work, but called in and said you were sick, even though you weren’t, that is not how it was meant to be. Those are simply choices we made that were not very good. My daddy used to say, “Well, that’s an idea, but not a very good one.”
The way it was meant to be is the way God designed it. The way it was meant to be is that we would all follow God’s guidance all day long. He knew from the beginning that we were not going to be very good listeners or followers. That is why He gave us grace and mercy. He offers us the gift of His forgiveness. But, committing wrongs in our daily lives and with a cavalier attitude saying, “Well, that is how it was meant to be” is just ludicrous. By the same token, excusing bad behavior by saying “That is just how I am.” is absolutely asinine. God created you for good works. He did not create you for evil.
Finally, the last sentence in the quote, “Be proud of you,” is not so bad. We do need to keep our self-esteem and self-confidence up. God does intend for us to have some pride in what we do for sure. But we must be careful that we are not proud of ourselves apart from God. We are nothing without Him. And nothing good we accomplish is ever accomplished without Him. These are just the facts! We really have nothing to be proud of outside what God has done for us or allowed us to do.
Our society throws lots of flowery phrases our way that could easily become a mantra for living our lives. We need to be very careful of those quotes we see tossed about on social media. God has better words for you to live by. Better words for a mantra for you life. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is found in two or three places in the Bible, including Mark 12:30. Make this your quote to live by and everything else will fall into place.
It will make a difference!