Cheating in the Game of Life

photo 2(2)As much as I love football, you can imagine my disappointment that this Sunday is the Super Bowl – A.K.A. THE LAST GAME UNTIL NEXT SEASON!  And the 2015 season doesn’t start until September 10th…whatever am I going to watch on TV?!?!?! Boo….

The one positive thing I can think of in this entire scenario is that I will not have to hear about deflated footballs for at least a while!!  Thank you, God!

Even though I’m fed up with the media’s exhausting commentary on this deflation issue, I really have to wonder how many people cheat.

I guess in one way or another we all have probably cheated at one time.  Maybe it wasn’t adultery or tax evasion, but I would dare say we’ve all tried at least once to put the odds in our favor.

However, cheating is akin to lying.  It’s something we have to cover up, keep up and it always seem to get us messed up. (Maybe it’s just me, but I really suck at lying…I can embellish a story like it’s nobody’s business, but straight out lying makes me feel horrible.  Yep, I’ve tried and failed miserably.)

The problem is that my embellishment of a story is as much cheating/lying as a flat-out, dog-faced lie.

Man…that really stinks because I’m really good at it!!!  Stories often get better the more I tell them!!  Sad, but true.

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices…. Colossians 3:9

It really comes down to what kind of person I want to be.  Do I want to be someone others can trust?  Is winning really worth losing my integrity over?  Can I look in the mirror and be okay with the person staring back at me?

These are all questions we should ask ourselves on a regular basis.  The world gives us an easy out and actually invites us to take the low road to the fun times ahead.

Have you ever come to the end of a lie or cheat where you actually felt better?

I sure haven’t and I always end up having to eat crow, beg for forgiveness and lay in a bed of my own guilt and shame for a while.  It’s just not worth it.

Maybe you are better at it than I am and haven’t been hurt by your own lie or cheating scenario, but God still knows even if others don’t.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

Dishonesty comes from our own selfish desires to be someone we aren’t, do something we shouldn’t or to look better than we actually do.  It’s all about focusing on what we don’t have instead of being thankful for what we do have.

Don’t let your selfish desires get in the way of being who God created you to be.  Decide today to repent, change and live free from the chains of deceit.

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 10:9 – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

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