So many times in life we find ourselves in circumstances and we question what to do. Especially, when we are with a group of people and we are trying go with the flow. You really don’t want to be the “debbie downer” of the bunch, and if you’re really honest; something about the whole situation just doesn’t feel right. Ever been there? I have.
It was some years ago and a friend had asked me to go the nightclub. I really didn’t want to go, but was trying to be supportive. I hadn’t been to a club in years! And what I knew was that the last time I went, I felt out of place. See, I started “clubbing” at a young age and didn’t care for it anymore. More importantly though, I had truly began to live for the Lord, and with that choice my lifestyle changed. I was never too big on going before this night to be truthful. Any way, I got all dressed up and ready to go. I drove us to the club that night and we got in line to go in. Here is where the battle began. My own internal struggle.
While we stood in line, my flesh was saying, go ahead and have some fun. On the other hand, my spirit man was saying, go home! So, I am standing there debating within myself about what to do. In the meantime, another young lady that we worked with walked up. We greeted one another and then began to talk. Now, this whole time I am still battling with whether or not to go in. I didn’t want to let my friend down. Then right before it was our turn to present our identification and all that good stuff, I looked at my friend and said to her, “I’m sorry, I can’t do this!” And I meant it! I couldn’t move forward. So, I turned to the other young lady and asked if she could take my friend home. I marched my dressed up self right across the street to the parking lot, and got in my car. Headed home!
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)
I did what I knew to do. I felt so uncomfortable and out of place just standing in the line! Most of the time when something isn’t right, or if the choice I am about to make doesn’t feel right, I have no peace. There was no peace about going in that place. Now, I’m not saying anything about others going. I am simply sharing the story as example of a time when I had to make a decision based on who I am in God. And a lot of the things I used to do, I don’t do anymore. I am thankful for that!
Why did I share this story? Well, a dear sister and I were having a conversation about something. It centered around a scenario almost like this one. In this case though, it meant not doing something, because everyone else around wasn’t. Knowing full well we would know better, and even if we were the only ones doing what was right…do it anyhow! It may just save our lives! So, the conclusion was…do what you know to do! In the end you will be the better for it. You may not be popular and it may even upset some people. However, we decided we’d much rather please God than man. What about you?
by Denia Davis