The year has been panning out nicely and it’s been a mix of excitement and exhaustion. I’m a little behind on my goals but I have decided that I am a human and not a robot so it’s okay. And even though the Holy Ghost empowers me, even God rested so I have to rest to.
You see, I’m a very ambitious child of God and I get kicks from plenty to-do lists and goals achieved but I have also learnt to take the breaks i need when I do, like i did pretty recently.
I decided long ago that I might want to act all smiling before everyone and pretend everything is fine but I would never lie to myself. Not even in naming it and claiming it, I won’t.
If something was twisted in a way it shouldn’t be, I’ll tell myself the truth and focus on fixing it.
That doesn’t mean I will confess negative. No. But I’d like to identify what is wrong so I can seek specific solutions for it.
So if I need help, I won’t wait till I’m on the floor, I’ll ask.
If I feel uncomfortable with something, maybe a relationship or with a person, I won’t sweep it under the carpet, I’d like to identify what could be wrong and discuss with the person if possible. But I won’t ignore it hoping it will go away.
For me, the exhaustion wasn’t welcome because I had some goals to crush, I still do. But I had to tell myself the truth so I don’t break down. And this decision to be true to my self and not take on more than I’ve built capacity for at the moment, got me thinking on something I have discovered in our generation: It seems to me that we are a generation that generally don’t like to say the truth to ourselves. We often lie to ourselves.
Sometimes it’s because of fear. Other times it’s the desire to impress.
Sometimes it’s because we’re living life very fast and crushing goals that we don’t stop to listen to our deepest feelings.
And at other times it’s the misguided religious conception that you have to fake it till you make it.
Or maybe you want to ‘blindfold’ your heart to the truth so you can indulge in your desires and not feel guilty.
Whichever it is, we’d rather put up a false appearance than acknowledge what we’re going through. We’d rather keep a plastic smile than admit something hurts or is wrong. We’d rather paint a situation to suit our desire than see it for the colour it really is.
We’d rather live a lie
And I get it. You can’t trust everyone with your heart. I get it. Even Jesus didn’t take the praises of men to heart because He knew what a man’s heart was like.
That’s why I’m not asking that you tell the world. I’m only asking that you tell yourself – the truth.
Learn to come home to yourself and accept the truth for what it really is
Even if you can’t let anyone in, let yourself into your own heart, tell yourself the truth and attend to yourself.
Pay attention to you.
Let me give you a few examples:
You have noticed your salary always finishes before the end of the month and you tell yourself it’s because you’re underpaid.
Honey, that’s not the reason.
Truth is, how you spend 1000 is how you’ll spend 1000000, prudently or carelessly. If you can’t handle what you have now well, you can’t handle what you’re looking to earn either. You need to tell yourself the truth – my money game is not good- and work on it.
You have exams you’re scheduled for and you’re giving priority to other things and then the time for the exam draws closer and you feel pressured and blame everyone but you. Honey, wake up and smell the coffee.
You know you shouldn’t eat junk. You know it gets you tired. But you splurge on it and expect to wake up strong and active the next day. Plus you’re not expecting to add weight.
You know weightloss is 70% what we eat right?
You are close to a colleague at work and the platonic lines are getting tinier. You’re crossing the lines but you’re still telling yourself – he’s just a friend. And you’re married. Ahh!
You are an ambitious visionary going somewhere to happen. And you have a strong picture of your future but you haven’t sat down to draw up a strategy.
You’re a Christian and you’re hoping to be a multi-influential personality and you want to do so without engaging God’s Word. You want to be successful as a Christian without playing your part. That’s a strong spirit of deceit at work because as long as you’re a Christian, the devil will fight you. You need to stay awake!
You have some funny dreams at night and it’s beginning to bother you. If you’re grounded enough in God’s Word, stand your ground and run the devil off. If you don’t have that confidence yet, that’s okay. Reach out. Or start building confidence in God’s Word aggressively because the yoke will be broken when you’ve fed fat on the Word of God.
Life is really simple. Let’s not get it complicated.
Year 2021 has just started and I believe you’ve made a decision to protect your peace like we talked about last week.
To that decision I ask that you please add another- a decision to be true to thyself.
Like a famous person once wrote: “To thy own self be true.”
This mantra has helped me and kept me from getting into things I had no business being in.
It has helped me keep touch with my core so I can live from inside out.
I can live an increasingly authentic life because I’ve learnt to stop and take count, introspect, ask questions and really look at situations.
It will help you know your strengths and grow them. And it will help you know your weaknesses so you don’t tempt yourself.
You will know what you can handle and what you can’t, and acknowledge the gap so you can fill it up.
You won’t have to try to be what you’re not. Or live in false rhythms because you’re trying to be perceived in a certain way.
It doesn’t mean you won’t be disciplined. It means you’ll be intentional.
And it means you’ll start to operate from a place that is truly yours, as you grow to become all God has called you to be.
Authenticity is beautiful
Making a decision to be among the few who own up to tell themselves the truth will probably be one of the best decisions you’ll make this year because it will help you build a life that is truly authentic, something that is rare these days.
I pray for you today that the strength and grace to look inwards and grow your life from the inside out, will rest on you. And that you will from this time to thyself, be true.
I leave you with this:
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
Proverbs 4:23-27 MSG
You have an amazing God-defined week.
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