I was on a run yesterday morning and came across this little guy. He was sooooo cute....and then I realized it was a baby snapping turtle. He was very small, but I suspect even at this size his bite would hurt. Full grown, his bite could amputate my finger. I thought briefly about rescuing him and putting him in the pond which was way across the road. But I couldn't. Much as I love nature, I don't like snapping turtles. They nestle under the mud in the lakes and rivers where I kayak, and I know if I stepped on one, I could lose a toe. So I told him, "I am sorry little turtle, but you are on your own," and continued on my run. I would let God determine that outcome.
Instantly, God brought me a flash of insight. That little turtle is like 'small sins.' I was recently in a situation where someone told a 'white lie', if there really were such a thing. I didn't say anything at the time, but it upset me. I knew she was lying, she knew she was lying, she knew I knew she was lying, but because it was just a little lie, it didn't seem dangerous or even terribly wrong.
But it was. And little white lies, little sins that are rationalized and allowed to take hold in our lives, grow. It is just like that little snapping turtle which might only harm a little when it is small, but can become enormously destructive as it grows larger. That is the nature of sin. If we rationalize small sins, they quickly multiply, and become bigger sins.
Later in the day I went kayaking. It was a beautiful day, warm with bright sunshine, a gentle breeze, and trees suddenly filled with new leaves.
The river was high after all the rain we have had. The current was strong. As I glided in the shallow areas that are often exposed sand dunes in dryer summer months, I could see creatures that swam along the river bed. Peaceful. Lovely.
It was very relaxing, UNTIL I spotted a huge oval shape. An enormous snapping turtle.
That monster could probably bite half my leg off.
Today I head off to the abortion center sidewalk. My team and I want to expose several of Satan's lies that we hear time and time again on the sidewalks as Cities4Life counselors.
It is just a blob of tissue, not a baby.
It's not human.
It's my body, my choice.
The bible says do not judge!
This is none of your business.
God knows about this and its ok; He will forgive me.
I would never give my baby up, it is better to abort than have it adopted.
My circumstances are too terrible and I have no other choice.
All you care about is pro-birth...not how the baby will be raised.
There's no difference between an abortion and a miscarriage.
These are just a few of the lies we hear. If they are allowed to take hold, they grow and grow; and babies are slaughtered by the dozens each day at that single abortion center. And there are hundreds of abortion centers in our country alone.
I had the opportunity later to speak privately with the person who told the little lie that I spoke of earlier. She is a new believer. Since she claims Christ, I told her to remember that she is an ambassador of Christ. The world is watching, and so is God. His commands are clear: thou shalt not lie. Not even little lies. Even little lies can come back to bite you.
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There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.