If you are a avid church goer or a Tyler Perry fan, you've probably heard the phrase "What's done in the dark, will come to light". There is so much truth to this statement that I is hard narrowing down my focus. For the sake of time, turn to 1 Corinthians 4:5. It reads: "Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God." (NIV translation)
Often times we want to jump the gun and assume people are being shady and up to no good. It is not for us to determine this because at the appointed time, God will reveal the truth. I've run into some shady folks in my 29 years of living. I have a feeling I'm going to meet some more. Nevertheless, I have decided to stop racking my brain on why people act the way they do and say what they say. I have 99 problems and I cannot make them one. I pray every day for strength, growth, and patience. Shady folks will test all of these things and more. I have learned that I have to let God deal with them and go on with my life. It does not mean I am mean toward shady folks. It means I have learned to filter them from my spirit and refocus my thoughts.
The truth of the matter is that shady folks aren't going away any time soon. They lurk and wait for the opportune time to pouch. They meditate on what's best for them instead of on the word of God. They pray selfishly and act on instinct. Shady folks want what you want and want what you have. Shady folks speak kind words and think ill thoughts. Shady folks work twice as hard at trying to make you fall, yet are there to pick up the pieces. Really Shady? Yes, really.
I cannot give shady folks any more of my time, but I had to write this blog so that you can choose to hang with shady and keep up with their shenanigans or go on your merry way. Remember, as Christians we are never to hate our brothers and disown our kin. God loves us, so we must love everyone else (including shady folks). Whether or not we associate ourselves with them is a different story.
My words of encouragement today: Be truthful with Shady and choose which path you are going to walk. The one with God or shot gun with Shady.