I have had the weekend to think over this situation and to make my final analysis of it. I’ve given the scenario to persons that are both personally biased (my mother and sister) and personally un-biased (my co-worker and my sister’s friend) and all of them have come to the same conclusion.
While I sat in Church on Sunday I realized, once again, that everything being said, all the points being made, were relating to me or so I wanted them to be. It was based on Titus and what Christians should do while waiting for Jesus to return. The main points were that we should continue to bring as many as we can to Christ THROUGH our works and the way we live our lives. And by that, I do not mean Bible Beating…if anyone has read my blog enough they will know that, yes, I am a Christian and believe in God, yes I am also human and will get mad at God sometimes only to realize that it was I who needed to change my perspective, but most certainly, NO I will not bible beat you with my beliefs to get you to understand.
This made me think. “The way we live our lives”. I know after my long history with religion (Not GOD, but RELIGION. Remember God and religion are NOT one and the same), I’ve come to be VERY intolerant of those who say “I go to church and I am a Christian” yet live such questionable lives.
It’s a very slippery slope for my own walk. I most certainly do not want to come off judgmental because Lord knows I’m no Angel myself. I also don’t want to come off that I think I’m a better “Christian” than any other Christian. Yet, the Bible tells us to act as disciples of Christ IN OUR DAILY LIFE (2 Peter 1:5) and I know I try to do that by resisting temptation and such but when someone says “I go to church” and then thinks it’s ok to be in a committed relationship yet have women on the side, whether to “play” with or just be friends with, I want to rescue them.
However, I have chosen to run from it. Our light shines through OUR ACTIONS. I hope that my action of stating to him I do not condone that behavior nor do I want to have my impressionable son think that it is ok to behave that way or that I condone that behavior by remaining his friend. I would like to show this man the error of his ways in proclaiming he is a Christian yet not living as we are told in the Bible to live, as Christians. (Again, not wanting to be judgmental as I struggle daily with being human and making mistakes).
My decision was not to confront him but to let that action speak for itself and it’s in God’s hands now.
I had hoped that my action of being the first female to not accept being a “friend” to someone who is in a committed relationship, shines as a light and not as a Bitch. He did ignore me completely this morning and that is actually totally fine as I was going to cut off interactions with him. However, I had hoped that maybe he would have said “Wow, no woman I’ve run into has ever made the move she did…I wonder what she is about and what makes her think like that”. I say that not because I want to BE in a relationship with him because regardless, I never could. I would just want him to see maybe why he may be having so much trouble in his current life with his kids’ mother, and with the school calling CPS on him and the problems that his daughter has. The correlation between his current life struggles and his current life choices are astounding when you step back and look at it.
Doesn’t respect his committed relationship—> Gets CPS called on him by teachers from the school
Just “warming” a seat in a church —> Problems with kids and ex-wife (both mentally and emotionally)
Now, this thinking does not EVER imply that I don’t have my share of problems due to whatever reason, but I have found that when I keep myself on the right path and resist temptation, suddenly, money is in my bank account or my kid gets a good grade on a test in school.
However, when I start to give in to temptation and stray, suddenly my account goes into the minus and my kid falters in his schoolwork. These are just examples.
Another amazing personal example is my weight loss. I have been on the yo-yo since I can remember but this is the FIRST time I’ve actually been able to lose weight, on my own (no Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers) and have not gained it ALL back yet. Usually by this time in the weight loss game (I’m at 5 months on October 4th), I would have given up and gained it all back plus more. Not only is that NOT happening but the weight keeps coming off. Why is that? Because I decided that it wasn’t for looks or to catch the eye of someone (although that does come with the territory). It was mainly because my body is a Temple and in ALL the walks in our life we should respect God. That includes food and drink and what we put into our bodies. I’m sure gluttony was not a favorite thing for God to see me doing.
I also quit smoking to, even if I did only smoke occassionally.
So what is it that I have to be honest with myself about, as the title suggests? After all, I am a Sagittarius and as such, I must remain honest. Ha!
Well, that is simply this:
I really don’t think a relationship is just in the cards for me at this time or even in the near future. I just can’t stomach putting The Boy through a possible unsuccessful relationship after he may have developed his own relationship with the man.
I also can’t stomach the possible dangers I put The Boy in by not knowing a person and not knowing what he’s like. I had been interacting with this last person on and off, daily through random “hello’s” and “how are you’s” at the kids’ school and such since the summer time. Yet, he was as deceitful as ever.
A Facebook friend (also a male), when I posted this story on my FB, asked me not to judge all men based on a couple of assholes and I responded that I won’t.
However, I am just kidding myself with that response. As much as I really REALLY don’t want to, by default, I will. Maybe I won’t JUDGE, in the sense of the word, but I will damn sure be very caution of any male that comes along and that may result in me pushing them all away for any little reason. I’m just being honest with myself.
Of course, I am a bit shaded after all this. After 10 YEARS of no dating or being in a relationship, since my divorce, I step out of my box and this happens. I let one wall down and after all this, 5 more walls came right up in its place and that is probably how it’s going to be for the next 10 years. I can’t put not only my heart at risk, but my kids’ to.
So, my conclusion is that I will not be pursuing men anymore. My lack of trust in them is way to deep right now. Yet, my lack of trust for humans in general is the main culprit. I’m just going to concentrate on getting my kid to adulthood and continuing to get myself into better health.
That is it and that is all.