Charlie got caught. And that is why he sits on my couch trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of his life that he discarded through his selfish actions. The husband of 13 years and father of two had been carrying on a four-year affair with a co-worker. Several days ago, the co-worker’s husband found out and told Charlie’s wife. She has since kicked him out of the house and has retained a attorney to begin divorce proceedings.
As you can imagine, Charlie is sadden and afraid. He doesn’t want to lose his wife. He doesn’t want to be a part-time father. He doesn’t want to live alone. But what Charlie is facing are the pending consequences of his actions. He had spent the past four years sowing deception, lust, and self-centeredness. He had focused his attention on activities that hurt others and ruin lives. And now he was about to reap the results of what he sowed.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8
As a husband and father Charlie should have made it a practice each day to sow actions that nurtured his family. He should have set forward to inspire them. He should have worked at strengthen the bond that held them together. Instead, he sowed actions that negatively changed the course of his family’s lives forever.
Charlie sowed to meet his own selfish pleasures. What are you sowing?
Eddie Capparucci, MA, LPC is a licensed Christian counselor with a private practice in Marietta, GA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.