“It’s not that big of a deal.” Do you ever hear that thought right before you decide to do something you shouldn’t?
“I’m going to have another cookie. I really shouldn’t if I want to lose this weight. Oh, it’s not that big of a deal.”
Then you promise yourself you’ll eat just one cookie, but you keep eating another and another, all the while believing the lie that it’s not that big of a deal.
You’re appeased and happy while you eat your cookies. In the moment, you feel good. You believe it’s not that big of a deal.
But afterward you don’t feel well. It’s only then, after you’ve acted, that you can recognize that voice for what it is… a liar.
So why do we believe the lie? Maybe because it’s easy.
It’s the same lie that tripped up Adam and Eve in the garden. The serpent asked Eve:
“Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?”
Sounds a lot like it’s not that big of a deal to me. How about you?
I’m not saying eating a cookie is equivalent to the fall of man. The cookie is just a symbol of all the sins we’re tempted to do. Gluttony (aka eating too many cookies), but also impure thoughts, swearing, gossip, pride, lust, anger, envy, laziness, or an inordinate desire to gain money or things.
Pick your poison and think how many times you justify what you’re doing with the lie, “It’s not that big of deal. I know I do.
This lie, if we believe it and act on it, leaves us feeling guilty, sad, lonely, and bad. But God doesn’t want us to hurt. He wants to set us free.
So ask for God’s help with this prayer: “God, please help me see the times when I believe the lie.”
Then start paying attention to when you hear, “It’s not that big of a deal.”
When you notice it, let that be your warning flag. Your flashing yellow light that says, “Slow down and really make your own choice rather than just believing the lie.”