There is a way that seems right,
but its end is the way to death
(Proverbs 14:12).

One may give into temptation with this set of thoughts: “No one will know. I won’t get caught. I’m only human…”

Don’t make matters worse by doing something you’ll regret!

Years ago, a friend gave me this counsel: “Make a list of all the lives you would impact through your sexual immorality.” I did. Every so often I re-read it.

  • Denalyn.
  • My three daughters.
  • My son-in-law.
  • My yet-to-be-born grandchildren.
  • Every person who’s ever read one of my books or heard my sermons.
  • My publishing team.
  • Our church staff.

The list reminds me: one act of carnality is a poor exchange for a lifetime of lost legacy.

You don’t fix a struggling marriage with an affair or a drug problem with more drugs. You don’t fix stupid with stupid. Do what pleases God.

Turbulent times will tempt you to forget Him. Shortcuts will lure you. Don’t be foolish and don’t be naïve. Do what pleases God. Nothing more, nothing less!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
 and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
 and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
 fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
 and refreshment to your bones (Proverbs 3:5-8).


From Max’s book:
You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Turbulent Times.

© Max Lucado, all rights reserved.

Used by permission.

Special Note:
This message was written several years ago and Max’s family has grown along with his influence, but the principle he makes about reviewing the list of those his choices impact is now even more valid.