A friend and I met for coffee yesterday morning, and enjoyed one of our typical discussions covering a wide range of topics that all in some way focused on living out our faith. (One of the many reasons I love this friend!) In this conversation, she said that when she was younger she wrongly believed that there was a whole lot of ambiguous gray area in life, but she has now learned that everything either honors God — or it doesn’t.
This applies to truly EVERYthing. Every decision. Every action. Some things are more obvious than others, perhaps, but even the so-called “little” things matter. Choices may be irrelevant (e.g.: which flip-flops to wear), but never ambiguous.
How I dress, what I eat, where I go, the words I speak, how I manage money — all of these things either honor God, or they don’t.
I must teach my children that every choice they make will either honor God or it won’t. Believing that some things are morally ambiguous is a dangerous and slippery slope. This is one of the many areas where they cannot listen to what the world believes. The sooner they are able to grasp this concept, the better, especially as they reach the age when they begin to make many of their decisions on their own.
There is no gray.