We all know the reason Lance doped. His reward outweighed doing what was right. To be the best. The money to do what ever he wanted. It is the American dream and probably that of most humans.
We strive to be set apart as good. Really good. The best even. Athletes work hard to be noticed and signed. Writers dream of being discovered by a publisher. Especially if it means big money.
Once we tip-toe into the realm of dishonesty, it’s hard to turn back. If the rewards are huge, the consequences mores so.
Society doesn’t speak grace. It seeks blood.
When the consequence for deceit is shame and cruelty, few will come forward with the truth.
We are called to be different. To extend grace and forgiveness. Even when it isn’t deserved in our feeble minds. While the rest of the world prepares to lynch Lance and his character, show grace. Walk the walk.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Have you ever had a difficult time coming forward after you’d been deceitful? What has been the hardest circumstance in your life to forgive? Please share in the comments.
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