At age eighteen, I was dating this guy who was in the navy. He was stationed in South Carolina, and asked if I would come for a visit. Being that I had never driven out of my hometown, I was afraid to go alone, so I invited a friend to tag along.
I’m going to stop right there and interject a nugget of wisdom, for those single folks who may be reading this. It is my opinion, that unless you’re married, you shouldn’t allow yourself to be alone with the person you are dating, especially overnight! Stick to double dates, group hang outs and things like that. Dating is no joke, and sex is a sacred, precious, beautiful thing that God created for a man and woman to share…AFTER MARRIAGE!
Every time you have sex with someone, you give a little part of yourself away. The more that happens, with each relationship after that, there’s a little less of yourself to give. I’m speaking to you from hindsight. Trust me, you will have a lot less struggles, and God will bless you beyond belief, if you wait! Now, back to my story.
My friend and I set out on our journey, and even though I was an inexperienced driver, we made it just fine. The minute we arrived, I had to go to the bathroom really badly. We were in such a hurry to get there, I hadn’t wanted to stop too much. I asked where the bathroom was and he directed me to his roommates bathroom who was out to sea. I get in there and realize I have to do more than just ‘number one’. So, I do my business, and reach for the toilet paper, only to realize there is none! I start looking in every drawer and cabinet in the room. The cabinets were empty except for one, lone hand towel. I’m sitting there thinking “what the heck am I going to do?!”
I was way too embarrassed to yell for help, and with each additional minute I sat there, I was growing more and more embarrassed. I was thinking to myself, “He’s going to know I had to do more than pee!” You know how you are when you’re young? You like to think that members of the opposite sex don’t know that you do gross things like that. Then it hit me! I’ll wipe with the lone hand towel! His roommate is out of town anyway. I’ll just use it, fold it back up, put it back in the cabinet, and tomorrow when my boyfriend goes to work, I’ll throw it in the dumpster outside!!!! Ah, such a brilliant plan.
The next day, my boyfriend went to work, and my friend and I went out for the day. I never had another thought about the towel….until after we got back home! UGH! I sure wasn’t about to admit to what I had done. That would’ve been way too embarrassing! What a surprise it must’ve been for his poor roommate when he came home. I just pray he didn’t blindly wipe his face with it or something.
Our selfishness, aka sin, never just affects us. It will always have an impact on the ones around us. Even when it’s done in secret. Sin causes us to act different toward others. Covering up sin leads to more lies. More lies lead to more guilt. The next thing you know, you’re caught in the devil’s trap. And the sad thing is, often we drag others with us. Moral of the story is, when you sin, your crap always gets on someone else!
The same can be said for doing good things! So, just do good things! Simple as that. Here’s another great piece of advice for you. If you ever invite me over, make sure to have toilet paper in your bathroom!
Whoever hides their sins will not be successful, but whoever confesses their sins and stops doing wrong will receive mercy. Proverbs 28:13