Lie Like the Wind, Bullseye
December 26, 2018
I had an encounter with someone today who is known to cause trouble and lie on a constant basis. This individual has caused a multitude of unnecessary hardship for my family over the past year and a half. It seems unfortunate to me that there are people in this world that actually seem to enjoy creating havoc in other people's lives. But, alas, they are, and until Jesus returns, that fact will not change.
I received a message in which this person tried to make me out to be a bad person because I have "filled a position" that she formerly held. I was angry at her accusation and fumed over the devastation that her perpetual lies have caused. Suddenly, the phrase, "Lie like the wind, Bullseye" popped into my mind. (For those of you who have watched Toy Story a million times like I have, you will be aware that the phrase "Ride like the wind, Bullseye" was repeated quite often. And the phrase stuck with me so much that this new phrase was born.)
I quickly responded and reminded her that there were several very incriminating reasons why she had lost her former position. Of course, she was not happy with my response. Now, please bear in mind that this woman is a master of cons., of twisting and turning things just enough that it seems as if she could be telling the truth, when in reality, all she is doing is side-stepping the REAL truth. In her next response, she made mention of standing before God and liars being judged by Him. I know that her goal was to goad me into a fight with her. I have to admit that there was a part of me that was thinking "Bring it sister!" But the Holy Spirit stopped me in my tracks and helped me see things from God's point of view.
The truth is, even though this woman causes chaos everywhere she goes, I know that God views her far differently than I do. I know that there is not one person that He wishes to have separated from Him in eternity. So, instead of saying something venomous in return, I told her that I hoped that someday, before she had to face her own Judgment Day, that she would be able to admit that she has been lying to herself and others. I reminded her that if she can't even admit this to herself, then she will have a very hard time admitting her faults to God and asking for forgiveness.
I believe that there are some people who are willing to truly examine themselves and admit when they have done wrong. And yet, there are others, who have grown so accustomed to hiding their misdeeds from those around them, that they even start to believe the lies themselves. I have seen with my own eyes that this only leads to a downward spiral in which truth of any kind is a distant memory.
The ultimate truth is that, unless we are willing to be the kind of people who will search our hearts and ask God to reveal our own sinfulness, and then be humble enough to ask for His forgiveness, we will not be able to move into God's presence any more than a toy horse could. I don't know about you, but I long to see as many as possible spend eternity with the One who created and loved us far more than we could ever deserve.