Daily Prompt: Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?
When I read this I had to really think about when I ever broke a law: and I did of course. The reason this is so hard for me, is that it was ingrained in me by my mother to always obey the law and to always tell the truth.
I don’t know why exactly but this teaching followed me not only as a child growing up, but as an adult even to this day. It’s not exactly a new concept to teach your child about telling the truth I suppose, but sometimes a ‘law’ is so innocuous that not doing it would seem quite understandable, and in some instances to not be a real issue. For me however, even at my age it wouldn’t be. Some laws are a given that we wouldn’t do; like stealing or taking a life, etc; but there are numerous incidental laws or ‘rules’, we run into every day instigated for convenience.
Take for example a kind of silly rule, like when you are in a grocery store and the express check-out says 8 items or less. You got it…. I won’t use it if I have 9 items.
There was one time I stole a chocolate bar when I was ten years old. It was lunch time and I went to the pharmacy across from the school. It was easy, and I didn’t get caught. I ate it and wondered why it didn’t taste very good; not like it usually did. That day and evening my conscience gave me nothing but trouble, and the next day at lunch time I went, and although I didn’t confess, I put the money on the counter and quickly left the store, and never stole anything again.
I suppose the only obvious ‘law’ I know that I have broken, is speeding. Try as I may, my foot on the gas pedal often creeps above the posted speed limit. I’m sure there are likely others, hidden somewhere in the recesses of my brain, but for now that’s where they remain, and haven’t come immediately to mind.
Of course, there’s man’s laws and God’s laws. God’s laws are not too complicated… Love God and love others and do unto them as you would want done unto you. It seems so simple, and the first part is for me, but sometimes going through life, there are some people that really test that second part. I’m sure I’m sadly lacking in many ways and times, of things I do that displease or sadden the Lord, but onward I go putting forth my best effort, seeking forgiveness when I know I’ve blown it, but confident that I’ve received it!
So, I guess that I’m a pretty dull person in that there is no shocking or interesting story about a serious law that I’ve broken.
Maybe some time I’ll write a fictitious story about a law that I broke……………..nahhhh , I’d feel guilty even if it was fictitious!