He tried to come up with an explanation; a justification for his wrongful action.
You see, at times it is okay to bend the rules; adjust them.
Sometimes, when you find grey areas, you step right in. Not forever, but for a season.
No judgements, just grace.
And if that wouldn’t prevail, then mercy.
I passed no judgement. I only offered truth.
Alright, so It wasn’t about him.
It was a price, a sacrifice, he was willing to pay.. for the safety, the well-being, the life of another.
Sure. There were reasons. There always are.. for doing the wrong thing.
The end justifying the means.
I smiled at him. Was I being judgemental?
Sure, I understood: the predicament, the pain, the pressure.
But no, how could I? We were in completely different shoes.
I had not walked a single mile in his. I had no idea of how it felt, no knowledge of how much was at stake.
I had no understanding of how many sacrifices had been made along the way; of how he has had to compromise; give in to demands just to get this far.
Well, of course not.
I had only ever walked in mine. But, reminding him of how even your own shoes could hurt at times, I left him with a smile and a truth that has guided me al-through my adult life,
Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.
Whenever did we start believing that we could do wrong and reap right? That we could bend and turn and break laws (both spiritual and natural) and forever get away with them? When did we stop believing in the principles of life and death, of times and seasons, of sowing and reaping?
Some truths, some principles, are simply timeless. You do not have to accept, understand or even believe them, but here they are. Tried, tested and found to be true.
Most times it is simply more convenient to copy what is wrong, go with the flow, bend some rules, hide some truths; but none of them will yield the desired results in the long-run.
If there is one thing I have found, it is the fact that so-called short-cuts end up costing you much more time. There is an appropriate time and season for everything, the more time you waste on living wrong, the less of it you have to live right. After all, there only is so much time..
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.