You play favorites, don’t you?
You have a favorite co-worker, a favorite boss, a favorite sports team, and whether or not you admit it to anyone but yourself, at times as a parent, you prefer one of your children over another.
You play favorites.
So what’s your favorite sin?
You know, that sin that’s familiar because you return to it often; more often than you’re comfortable sharing.
That sin that fits Paul’s category of “the harder I try to do what’s right, the more I do what’s wrong.”
Your favorite sin.
Okay, I’ll go first.
My favorite sin is to have another god before The God.
To break the first commandment, that rule that’s first for a reason; all of the other commandments hinge on this one. It swings the large Ten Commandments door for godly living.
It’s my favorite sin to commit.
Why is it my favorite?
Probably the same reason you break it.
I like to play god.
That’s right. I have a favorite god.
I confuse myself with The Almighty. Think I know more than I do. Act like I’m more moral or ethical than I am. Believe that I’m “all that and a bag of chips.”
Pretend I’m relatively mistake-free at work and wonder what everybody else’s problem is.
Exchange humility for haughtiness, service for sainthood, good for greed.
All proof-positive that my favorite sin is to have another god before The God.
There I said it.
The interesting, revealing dynamic of my Faith Positive journey is what happens when I confess my favorite sin.
Miraculously, the consequences of such personal idolatry glow fire-engine red before I go there again. I see them more clearly and avoid them more consistently.
And even after I’ve gone there, once I confess, they dissipate more quickly than when I remain entrenched at my triune altar of Me, Myself, and I.
Work reflects my Faith Positive journey. It’s easier, or at least seems that way. I’m less anxious about the pipeline, less worried about producing, less fretful about what I can’t control. And I’m more peaceful about results, passionate about excellence, and persistent in pursuing what I can control, or, better said, who.
So that’s my favorite sin. What’s yours?
Confess it quickly so you can increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette
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