Flashback to my early twenties and the eager Christian girl I was. Eager to be uncompromising, undaunted, but more than anything, untouchable. I set out to serve the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly and to build the local church with purity and passion. I sought wise mentors, was at my church every moment the doors were open, and read as many Christian books as I could get my hands on. It was exactly what I needed after years of living separated from God, depressed and in bondage to more than one stronghold. In that incubator I learned a lot, for which I am grateful. However, there was something missing that only post failure am I able to put my finger on—I now call it “the untouchable myth.”
I had a list of things I’d never do, a list I adopted from mentors, friends, teachings and the Word of God. I would never drink. I would never cheat or steal. I would never have sex outside of marriage. The list went on. I put the possibility of ever compromising or giving in to these temptations completely out of my mind. “I would never,” so I rarely thought about those sins on my list. Why do anything to guard against a sin I would obviously (in my mind) never commit? This was my biggest mistake.
Because I never accepted the possibility of compromise, I never properly guarded myself and established the boundaries I needed to avoid the very things I said I’d never do. As a result, at the age of twenty-five, I committed a sin that cost me everything. I had done an untouchable—sex outside of marriage.
On the heels of that was shame, guilt and a diminished intimacy with God. It cost me years of ministry sowed and a dream job. It also cost me credibility, my boyfriend, relationships and trust. I had never lost so much, and the cost had never been so high—to this day that still stands true.
In this seven-day reading plan, I want to take you on a journey. Why does it matter? Because if you were truly honest with yourself, you’d admit that you, too, have a little of the untouchable mentality in you. You may have all the good intentions in the world, but though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. Because this is the case, you must be intentional.
So, what I want to do is break down this myth, show you how to overcome it and inspire you to believe that redemption is possible on the other side of an epic fail. My hope is that you’ll be safeguarded from losing everything and have the tools to live a flourishing life!