Truth-telling

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about truth-telling. Not truth-telling as opposed to telling lies, but truth-telling as in let’s be honest here and quit saying things just so everyone can stay comfortable and happy. I’ve encouraged so many friends to be truth-tellers, to their spouses, to their children, to their mothers, to their fathers, to their churches, whoever it might happen to be. Sometimes you just have to be brave and tell the truth. Sometimes you have to say how you really feel about something. Sometimes you have to tell the truth to be true to who you really are.

And like it so often happens, I too am suddenly confronted with situations that I haven’t been willing to tell the truth about for a very long time, and God is nudging me and giving opportunity to speak the truth. And let me tell you – it is hard! It’s hard to say things that might upend the way you’re perceived. It’s hard to be that brave, to say that’s not how I feel about this or that. It’s hard to be the odd-one-out. It’s hard to be misunderstood. It’s hard to shatter people’s expectations. It’s hard to be that vulnerable.

But it is so worth it.

You might feel broken to bits in the process, but it is worth it.

Those broken bits will be remade into something sacred and beautiful. That’s how God works. And that’s the promise I will cling to as I embrace truth-telling.

I pray that you will find a safe place where your truth will be heard and valued. Where it is handled with care and love. Speak your truth. There is freedom to be found.

Sometimes we have to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Be brave.

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