I was loading my groceries into the trunk of my car, when I heard two young men talking, sitting in a car near me. They were doubling over laughing and I wondered what was so comical that had them in such hysteria. Then I caught the gist of their conversation. I shook my head and closed my trunk with an extra slam, disgust at what I heard.
This was their conversation.
“Did you see how that guy was stuffing all those things into his shirt in the store? He was ripping them off big time. And no better for them, their prices are too high,” said one young man as he gave his friend a high-five.
“Yeah man. That store got what they had coming. They charge us poor people too much anyway”, replied the other young man, giving even a louder high five.
As I drove away, words came to my mind sounding, as if I was talking to someone, “Did they think it was okay to steal from the merchant’s store? Did they think the thief was a fairy tale? That he was some sort of “Robin Hood”, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor?’’
When I got home, sitting at my computer, I prepared to write my next blog. I reflected on my thoughts concerning the conversation I had overheard from the two young men. It occurred to me that we all have lived our lives as if we were in a fairy tale—in one way or another. All fairy tales are sequences of improbable events finishing up with a “happily-ever-after” ending. However, that’s not real life. It really is kind of funny how our imaginations deceive us when it comes to reality. Just think on the realities that escape us, as told in the following stories:
§ Beauty and the Beast—We think that we can have a relationship with a monster and they will turn into a prince or princess charming.
§ The Pied of Hamlin—We think that because we weren’t paid for our services, or have been wronged, it’s ok to retaliate.
§ The Emperor’s New Clothes—We think that it’s okay to have relationships with people who don’t tell us the truth, only what we want to hear.
§ Peter Pan—We can cope with the challenges of life, with a mind of a child; we don’t have to grow up or be an adult.
Again, on one level it’s funny. On another it’s not funny at all, especially when the end of our fairytale is the exact opposite of what we imagined. The reality is that we can’t overcome our troubles in life by believing in stories that were written to put children to sleep. As adults, we must tackle our life’s problems with a maturity that is found in truth, alone. What is truth? Truth is not a “what”; rather it is a “who”. The truth is a person, and you must “truly” know Him: The Word of God, in the flesh, and written plainly written in the “truth” of scripture. ‘
And this is Truly Said™.
Sword: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. John 8:32 NLT
Application: The truth we must know comes from knowing what is said in the Word of God, obeying His Commandments, and relying on His promises. Only the Word of God, (which is the Spirit of Truth) has the ability to provide us the answers we need to receive liberty form any trial we may encounter.