Isn’t it Time We Stopped Living a Lie?
Pretty much everybody we meet is living a lie. Every person on this planet has been fed inaccurate, untrue things about themselves. For example, have you ever met a woman who was constantly convinced that she needed to lose 5 pounds, even though she really didn’t? I bet that at some point in her life, something happened to cause her to subconciously believe that she wasn’t good enough the way she was.
Now I don’t mean to say that everyone maliciously lies to those around them. What I am saying is that throughout the course of our existence, the circumstances we face and the people we encounter shape our perspective on the world and ourselves. If, for example, you have a parent who constantly tries to help you “improve” upon yourself or a friend who is always critiquing your clothes or hair, you are going to believe, little by little, that your best is never good enough.
That’s one of the many tragedies of living in a world that has fallen into sin, and, not so ironically, it was the first sin ever committed. See, I don’t think that Eve taking the apple was the first mistake. I think that Eve’s belief that God was holding out on her proved to be her fatal error. She believed a lie. And each and every one of us is doomed to repeat her sin.
From the daughter of divorce who believes that she has to be a pillar of strength to avoid a repeat of that betrayal to the son of a workaholic who goes into the family business just to earn his dad’s approval, we all believe some kind of lie about ourselves.
The good news in all of this is that when we decide to give our lives over to the care and control of God, He begins to reprogram us. It’s a slow process, don’t get me wrong, but God has made promises to us time and again that are not predicated on anything we have to do, but rather are a result of His mercy, grace, and love. There is a catch, though. We have to make a conscious decision to completely devote our lives and our will to Him. Simply being a Christian only gets you so far. We have to go deep with Him. We have to get to the place where turning to Him is second nature. We have to constantly look to Him for our validation and worth. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Not a conditional love, not a temporary love, but an everlasting love. It’s not a love based on what we can do for Him, what size we wear, our abilities, or how good we’ve been. It’s a love that is freely given.
So let’s stop living the lies we’ve been told. And let’s replace them with Truth.