When I was a young girl in elementary school, I would go out of my way to get attention. If one of the kids in my class got attention for something, I would store it in my mind for future reference.
For example, one day in third grade a girl came to class with new eyeglasses. Everyone in our class was impressed. I saw all the attention she got for having eyeglasses.
A few days later I was leaning over my desk staring at the board. I really don’t know what I was doing. I am pretty sure, though, that I was daydreaming but my teacher saw me and asked, “Anastacia, are you having trouble seeing the board?”
I was almost ten years old at the time I saw my opportunity.
“Yes, ma’am,” I replied.
The teacher sent me to the school nurse, where I took a simple eye exam.
“Well, your eyes seem fine but I will write a note to your parents suggesting you see an eye doctor,” the nurse said while writing.
I don’t really know why I wanted glasses so badly, but I did.
When I got home my mom made an appointment with the optometrist. My dad told stories of when he first got glasses and how his brother tried to fake needing glasses. Their optometrist caught him at it.
I was a little nervous because I really wanted glasses and I didn’t want to be told I didn’t need them.
I sat in the exam chair staring into a set of lenses when I realized I could purposely blur my vision. I found that if I stared past the letters on the chart, my eyes would lose their focus.
I kept them out of focus for several minutes while the optometrist flipped through the charts.
I bet you can guess what happened next.
I got a pair of pretty pink glasses.
My parents were surprised at how bad my eyes had gotten without them seeing signs of it before.
Did I learn a lesson from this?
Not at first.
I knew lying was wrong and at first I justified it. After all, I probably would have needed glasses anyway, right?
But then conviction started to gnaw at me.
I lied. I sinned. I messed up.
Physical signs of my mistake were headaches from messing up my eyes and a stomach ache from a guilty conscience.
I had messed up plenty of times before that, but it was lying about my eyesight that opened my eyes to how wrong I was in God’s sight.
All sin is bad. Even a lie that doesn’t seem to hurt anyone else. It was still wrong and I had to realize that before I could get right with God.
I confessed my sin to Jesus and asked Him to forgive me.
“If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
That’s all it took for me to have a heart change. That day I gave my heart and life to Christ.
You might say I learned my lesson the hard way. I still had to pay for the consequences of my sin, but in Christ I was now set free to serve Him and no longer in bondage to my sinful heart.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Was there ever a sin in your life that you tried to hide?
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