-written by Betsie Richards
Here’s the deal… when I go to the nail salon, the decision of which color to choose seems like national security, level 9, life or death. I will stand there like a goober and ponder for a good ten minutes over which color to chose, talking out loud to myself about if this color will match this outfit or if it will last longer than another color.
Heavens to Betsie (pun intended)… does this really matter?? I’m just going to pick the same red color that I pick 9 our of 10 times anyway.
Why do we have a tendency to return to the same old thing? The same nail color, the same meal, the same sin? Is it comfort? Fear of change? Fear of being ridiculed by our friends and family? Sometimes, I think it’s because we truly don’t understand there is something better out there, something new.
1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” Why do we not embrace the truth that Christ has more for us? Don’t we get tired of the monotonous? Don’t we want something new?
Solomon wrote, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness” (Proverbs 26:11)
The Apostle Paul lays out his struggle in Romans 7:21-25b with some much appreciated and brutal honesty:
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…
What’s the solution to our foolishness? To our sin problem?
Christ is the answer!
Fully embrace the cross and all its pain. Nail your bondage to it and never look back. It’s not easy and it’s not an overnight thing. It takes a willing heart and a desire to be in the Word, in fellowship, in prayer. It takes dying daily to self (see Galatians 2:20). For me, it takes dying to self minute-to-minute.
Sound like an unpopular thought to embrace? Something your friends will make fun of you for, like a really ugly nail color? Maybe. But it’s the difference between being miserable and being satisfied; feeling guilty or forgiven. The difference in eternity! That’s something I’m not willing to risk missing for “the same old red nail polish.”
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. – Romans 6:6
Look out yall, I may have on neon yellow next week……
Betsie has been attending SoHills for nearly 20 years. You may have seen her serving on stage with the band, but she also serves behind the scenes with the Women’s Committee. She has worked at Carrollton ENT for over 20 years. She loves spending time with her family and friends, watching her niece play softball, her nephew play basketball, and any moment possible at the beach.