Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It Started with a Glance

It started with a glance,
a knowing smile,
eyes that locked two seconds too long.


It ended with a family's lives shattered: a woman shaken to her core, children grieving their father's betrayal.

The latest news from the world of entertainment chronicles the story's development. The other woman a trusted employee. A secret love child. Years of deception.

Today at the grocery store, the checker greeted me with, "Hey, what do you think about Arnold?"

Wow. My overwhelming emotion as I hear more and more about this story is one of profound sadness. Because, you know what?

He didn't set out to lose his wife.
He didn't set out to cause his own children the deepest wound they'd yet received.
He didn't set out to become a joke.

It all started with just one glance. Because that's how sin is. It's attractive. It's alluring. It seems harmless enough. It makes promise after promise, and keeps stringing us along until suddenly we're trapped in a sticky web of lies and consequences. And then we owe a debt we can't pay. There's no way to retrace our steps, or find the "undo" button.

It's done. We're in.
And we can't get out.

So we hide. And we get by. And we almost forget from time to time until something happens months or years later to shake us awake. If and when we face the music, we realize that our secret decisions, our personal choices haven't just hurt us - they've hurt those we love the most. In our quest to build something just for ourselves, we have destroyed something infinitely more valuable.

We have every right to be disgusted with our former governor. His choices were despicable. His deeds, completely and utterly self-centered.

But let's also remember, it all started with a glance.

What have you been glancing at lately?


  1. Ive been glancing at myself, shushing the voice of God at times because what I want to do doesn't always align with what He is calling me to do. In need of awakening.

  2. Wow, friend. I'm impressed by your honesty. It's so easy to close out that still, small voice...thanks for sharing. Now what?

  3. Well, my next plan of action was to stand outside @ 6pm with outstretched arms waiting to go up. Since I'm still here, back to the drawing board. :)