I’m in the Navy, a Chief Petty Officer.  I’ve been in the Navy for 18 years, met my husband via the Navy, and a few of my most dear friends.  I love the Navy….it has given me many good times and happy memories.  But as a Christian woman, sometimes the Navy is hard. I’m sure you’ve all heard the old adage “cussing like a sailor.”  Well, it’s just not language that can be crude, but the actions can be overboard, too.

As human beings, we want so badly to fit into our surroundings, to be accepted. I’m no different. I want my brothers and sisters in arms to trust me, to feel like I’m one of them….part of the team.  So sometimes, I go along with the flow of the conversation, knowing that it is against God’s Spirit, that I’m falling right into the speech and innuendo that isn’t of God.

Let’s look at Matthew 15:7-11 {NIV}

“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth that is what defiles them.”

Isn’t it funny that I hate hypocrisy in other people, but couldn’t see it in myself?   Then about 18 months ago, God had really laid this fault of mine on my heart. He used my own thoughts and words against me to get me to realize what I was doing, showed me my own “double-dealing” ways.  God is like that, isn’t He?  I still struggle with trying to fit in, but in times where I find myself being dragged into a situation not pleasing to God, more and more often I use humor to move the conversation in a different direction and SOMETIMES I’m able to speak the truth to those with whom I work.

Let me ask you, sisters….where are you “going with the flow?” Can you identify an area where you are allowing yourself to follow the gang instead of doing what you know would be pleasing to God?

My challenge to you is this:  when you find yourselves in these situations, stop. Pause for a moment, ask yourself why are you doing this, and let go of the ways of the world. Let God show you the right way to handle these everyday situations that we all find ourselves in.  Make it a point to choose God instead!

Amanda Hughes ~ Living God’s Portions {a ministry of The Imperfect Wives}

Amanda Hughes is originally from a small farming community in Northwest Ohio. She was introduced to Christ at an early age by her paternal grandmother who was a devoted Christian. Amanda joined the United States Navy at age 18 and has been all over the world, however it took the meeting of her husband, Jeff, in Pensacola, Florida to get her to settle down. Jeff is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and she credits him for her success in the Navy and leading her to Christ in 2007. They have been married for 6 yrs and have 3 wonderful grown sons, his from a previous marriage, but she loves them as her own.