There it was.
A six pack of Lipton Unsweetened Iced Teas in the new square bottle containers staring at me with a condescending look that said, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
If I didn’t know better, I might have thought the six-pack had hidden itself like a Navy Seal in the bush so as not to be detected. However, I took basic biology in 3rd grade and I think I read somewhere that isn’t possible.
Regardless, I had a car full of groceries, Aniston in her car seat, Easton sleeping, and a receipt that taunted me with the realization I had not paid for the Rebel Teas.
At that moment I had 3 options:
- Leave the teas in the cart and pretend I had a senior moment.
- Put the teas in the truck and drive off into the sunset.
- Go back in to pay for them.
I chose option 3.
I realized in that moment I had a golden opportunity to not only do the right thing and do what God would wanted me to do, but I had the chance to teach my daughter too. Yes, I could have easily left with free iced teas, a guilty conscience, and two kids who would have not known any different. But instead, I chose to make the most of the situation and deal with the issue in a positive way.
As I unhooked Aniston from her carseat and reloaded Easton into the cart, we talked about why we were going back inside. We talked about being honest, how stealing was bad, and how God wants us to do the right thing.
Granted, after I told Aniston that stealing was bad she said in a loud voice “Why you steal daddy!?” which was embarrassingly awesome. But in the end, I had a chance to share with her about God and how He wants us to live even if it was in a small way.
Yet it was all possible because I chose to deal with the stuff on the bottom shelf.
What are your bottom shelf issues?
- Is it the marriage that is falling apart?
- Is it your kids that don’t know you because you are never around?
- Is it your body that hasn’t seen a healthy meal or exercise since the 80’s?
- Is it the addiction that you think no one knows about?
1 John 1:5-9 tells us:
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
You certainly can keep driving away from these things or leave them for your family and friends to deal with. Or you could decide to attack them.
It’s time to shed some light on your bottom shelf issues so that God do some amazing healing work in your life as he teaches, guides, and strengthens you.
Don’t let another day go by without taking inventory of your WHOLE life and seeing where you maybe trying to shoplift some things past God.