I couldn’t help it. Salt-N-Pepa’s 90′s anthem was ringing in my ears the entire time Chad was sharing with me what he was going to be talking about this weekend. “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Something we don’t often talk about in church. (as a side note…He and I talked about doing this song as a duet to open up the service, but eventually came to the decision that it may not be in good taste. Maybe some other time I’ll get to debut my rapping skills to the world).
So Sex was the topic on Sunday and to be honest…you could have heard a pin drop. Don’t get me wrong, there were bouts of laughter, particularly when Chad outed me=) , but it was, for all intents and purposes, a very serious discussion.
Why so serious? Because Sex is kind of a big topic. And unfortunately, I don’t think we talk about it often enough.
The message was based on 1 Corinthians 6: 18-20 and that we need to think about putting Guardrails in place in areas where we can be really hurt and cause a lot of damage. And let’s face it, Sex can do a lot of damage.
I wish I didn’t know this to be true as much as I do. I wish I had put guardrails in place when I was younger that would have kept me from running off the road and I wish that it was easier not to get so distracted and caught up in the things that can ruin families, marriages and futures.
Chad gave a bunch of suggestions for Guardrails … all really good. But as a woman, one really stuck out to me. He talked about it mostly from a man’s perspective, but the Guardrail of NO SECOND LOOKS is a really good one.
Men are EXTREMELY visual creatures. They can be distracted by a woman 200 yards away. As women, we tend not to be as distracted by the looks of a man, but more by the IDEA of a man. Ladies, you know what I am talking about. Our hearts melt when we see someone else’s husband doing dishes or when we see a hot guy on TV down on one knee. In fact, it can make us crazy. I remember bawling my eyes out for like three hours after reading The Notebook. “I’ll never have a love like that! I’ll never have a life-like that!” I was nuts. And you know what? I was also right … I will never have a love like that because that kind of love is fiction … It’s. Not. Real!
Now before you go getting all worried, Chad and I DO love each other and enjoy each other (most of the time), but it’s not what I thought it would be. Because what I thought it would be was based on a million second thoughts. A million tv commercials, a million Real Housewives, A million Sophie Kinsella Chic Lits and a million US Weekly’s.
And now, a guardrail for me is NO MORE SECOND THOUGHTS.
I try really hard not to let myself go there. And to be frank, this is hard to do when I am watching The Bachelor, the newest Jennifer Anniston flick or reading Nicholas Sparks’ latest and greatest. In fact it’s really hard. So I have to make a conscious effort not to fill my free time … my thought time … with that stuff. It’s not that I don’t want to…in fact I really enjoy “that stuff,” but I know for me, it gives me Second Thoughts. It makes me question my life and think: There must be more out there.” And “that stuff” takes me to the edge of a place I know I don’t want to go.
Guardrails are personal for each of us, because each of us are different. I find that the more I get to know God, the more I realize that he cares about each and every aspect of my life and if I ask Him, He’ll show me the road I need to be on and how I can stay there.
I am thankful for this series and for what God is doing at the people of Rock City. Can’t wait for Week 4!
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