Call a French Fry a French Fry

02/21/2009

“Am I the one they are hurting?” asks the Lord. “Most of all, they hurt
themselves to their own shame.” Jeremiah 7:19 (NLT)

I sat across the table with a friend recently. We were discussing many things, having a great time together as friends do. During our talk, and trying to get to the bottom of some things, I grabbed a French fry off my plate and put it on the table between us…it was time to call a French fry a French fry…and so we did. And my friend left that discussion ready to face the “French fry” in her life, and do something about it.

What does this mean exactly? It means that in the world we live in today and with the things that all of us are going through in life; it’s time to stop playing games. It’s time to call things what they are and take care of what needs to be taken care of—otherwise we’re never going to make the progress we’d like to make, and walk the walk we’d like to walk with God. Instead, we’ll live in a land of make believe, and we’ll call a French fry a green bean, and live in the dark, believing it’s the light.

Why are we so afraid of the truth? Especially when Jesus said the “truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Is it because the truth gets clouded in the lies of the enemy? Probably so! But the lies of the enemy will not set us free; they will hold us captive behind barriers of deception. We’ll think we’re getting our way, that we’re fooling the world, or fooling God, and the only one we’re really fooling is ourselves. No one is falling for our calling a French fry a green bean, except for us!

The awesome thing about being a follower of Jesus Christ is that we can be truthful, because we don’t have to be anything we’re not. We don’t have to be great, or wonderful, or mighty, or clever, or beautiful, or perfect, and we don’t even have to pretend we are…all we have to be is His and ask God for help. We can be confident in the love our Father has for us, and the eternal life that is our inheritance. When we believe the Truth, then can we face the truth, call it for what it is, and know it won’t harm us!

When we can clearly see the “French fry”—seeing things in life as they are and not just how we would want them to be—it’s then that we can experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we can face things head on and not be scared, and not run away, but stand confidently on Who our Lord is in this world and what He would have us do, we can begin to walk in His light, allowing His love to shape us and form us into His image, which is His plan and purpose for all of us!

Heaven isn’t for perfect people; Heaven is for people who are following in the footsteps of a perfect Master. With God, we don’t have to live in the land of make believe to make things work out right. Things have already been worked out right through our Savior, Jesus Christ. All we need is Jesus and His salt to flavor the “French fry” thoughts and conversations in our lives. Then life will taste as it should, instead of a bland, flavorless replica of the real thing.