Talked Into It
By Cynthia Ruchti –
“Whoa! That is…that’s a unique color combination.”
I stood in my friend’s kitchen, trying to stave off the nausea induced by the wild, highly unappetizing faux painting technique on what she called the “accent” wall.
“You don’t like it?” she asked, eyebrows tented.
I used a trick I learned when my kindergartners brought home creative but unrecognizable artwork. “Tell me the story behind this.”
My friend burst into tears. “There’s no story! It’s a disaster! I hate it!”
“We agree then.”
“It’s not just me? It really is horrible?”
“You needed to ask? Jen, those garish colors just aren’t you at all! Who talked you into this?”
She paused for a moment. “The kitchen designer. Not only did she talk me into the circus-tent-in-a-tornado technique, but it cost me more than the glass-tile backsplash!”
Sympathy oozed out of me.
I’d been talked into a few bad ideas before, things I’d regretted a lot more than an accent wall that could be painted over. “Hon, what made you say yes to this? Didn’t the designer show you a sample first?”
“Oh, I saw a sample. Didn’t like it. But I thought I was the wrong one, the uptight one, the person with no taste. So I caved.”
“Love to talk to you more about this, Jen, but could we discuss it in the living room where I’m less likely to lose my lunch?”
Throughout time, God’s people have often been talked into things they knew were dumb ideas, or even spiritually dangerous ideas. No doubt they, like my friend, felt intimidated by the apparent—and false—wisdom or intelligence or good sense of the person insisting, “This is perfect for you. You need to try this—everybody’s doing it. Okay, you can hang onto that faith idea if you insist, but at least don’t let yourself go overboard.”
Regret doesn’t come from listening to God, but from listening to others who talk us into things that go against the wisdom of God.
PRAYER: Father God, I don’t want You to have to ask, “Who talked you into the pursuit of this nonsense?”(Isaiah 57:11—The Message). By Your Spirit, keep my head on straight and my ears tuned only to You.
BIBLE VERSE: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” James 3:17 NIV.