There is a famous saying, “you get out of life what you put into it.” This saying is particularly helpful when it comes to making the choice to tell the truth or to lie. The more lies we tell, the more those lies take over, enslave and ultimately defeat our lives. The more truth we tell, the more freedom we have and the more we feel like a winner. So what are you putting into your life, lies or truth?
We’ve all lied. So let’s talk about a lie many of us have in common.
Lying about who we are is the most common lie we tell ourselves. We can have negative feelings about who we are, or we can become so enamored with another person we can begin to dislike ourselves and strive to become someone we are not. When we strive to be someone other than who God made us to be we can get caught in a web of lies.
For You shaped me, inside and out. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath. I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.
Psalm 139:13-14 (VOICE)
God made each one of us a unique creation filled with wonder and awe. Our strengths combined with our unique challenges, weaknesses and failures make us unique and special.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God will use our strengths and even our weaknesses (eating disorder, depression, anxiety, physical and or emotional challenges etc.) to make a difference and inspire those around you. Do you believe this? Do you get bitter at the weaknesses you struggle with? How do you think God can use that “weakness” to inspire those around you?
Being honest about our strengths and our weaknesses is one of the hardest things we can do but it is also one of the most life changing things we can do. When we start telling the truth to ourselves and others, that’s when the magic happens. We begin to connect with people in a deeper way, friendships are made and our life takes on a purpose that inspires us and gives us confidence and joy. Sadly too many don’t take advantage of the opportunities God gives them to be honest. Sydney Sanders, a high school student who appeared to have it all together, took her own life. She tragically became a victim of the lies she told herself. Read her story here.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Truth brings freedom and when we are free we are winning. There are many who have embraced telling the truth about what’s going on in the inside. Their honesty has changed their life and influences others. Demi Lovato, a famous singer who started out with Disney opened up about her eating disorder & about cutting herself to her family & the world. She’s become a role model to many young women who suffer from the same illness, by being truthful about her struggles. Her story.
Will you be defeated by the lies you tell, or will you live by the truth and win? What do you need to be honest about? Have you made a decision to keep something a secret for the rest of your life? Let truth win. Decide to be honest with someone & experience the freedom of truth.