Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Compromise

I was at the sink cutting up some gorgeous strawberries, thinking back over my whirlwind of a day. Gym, shower, nap (yes!), secret Father's Day thing, park, talked to husband, Mom, Dad, Helen, Lacie, and my sister. Whew. Thinking back to conversation with my sister. She's quitting her job as a hostess at a well known, super nice restaurant in town where she pretty much rocked. Hasn't been there too long, but she made quite an impression. She's perfect at that sort of thing. She's quitting. You want to know why?
There are several small reasons, like needing a break and wanting to take a class this summer. But there is one main reason and this reason separates here from the majority of people (even Christians) I know.

The language at this restaurant by almost every single employee is downright filthy. Completely unprofessional. Every other stinkin' word starts with an F and it's constant from the manager down to the bus boy. Day in and day out. And you know what......she's quitting because, and I quote, "it's not edifying for my walk with the Lord to be around this." And you know what....she is DEAD on.

I know I've bragged about here a lot of the past several posts, but this is probably my proudest moment yet. She knows who she is and who God wants, desires, commands, her to be. Hearing this kind of language all day every day affects you. It affects anyone and it doesn't matter if you don't repeat it, it gets in your head and plays back like a record. How can you keep your mind on the things above when this is running around in your brain?

And it makes me think, how many compromises do we make for ourselves? How many times do we shrug off something and make it "no big deal"? Is it with our own mouths? Or is it with the things we allow our eyes to see on T.V. and movies? Or the crude language and sexual innuendo we watch? Or what we "just let slide" because it's funny or because the people we hang around do it?

1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." Last time I checked our eyes and ears were a part of our bodies.

It's hard to say no to some of these movies and shows, because the media does a great job and puts little funny parts in between all the crude parts. And you find yourself excusing it. The reality is, it isn't funny. It's gross and crude and what in the world is the Lord thinking while you're sitting in front of it??!!

Yep, this is a reality check. For all of us. My husband and I won't watch this stuff and I tossed a couple movies that I thought were borderline a few weeks ago. People will know who you serve by the way you live your life. I don't want there to be any doubts. So, I'm sticking with clean humor, because it does still exist.

So, take a moment to think. Is there something in your life that you are compromising? Is is worth it?

2 comments:

  1. I am with you on this one! Good for Bree... :)

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  2. Wow! What an awesome young woman... to learn such an important lesson at such a young age. It is so important to watch what we are in-taking... it may seem minor to some, but it is not when you know whom you serve.

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