2/03/2008

Important Thoughts #7...

It's been a while since I've posted one of these (or, for that matter, anything serious or substantial at all). But I've been turning this one over in my mind for almost a month now, and today it came to the front of my thinking. It's a quote from Ronald Reagan that popped up on my Google homepage one day:

"Don't be afraid to see what you see."

I once remarked to someone in a conversation that I think that we as people have an unlimited capacity to deceive ourselves. In fact, I think it's one of our strongest (and most human) abilities. Most of the time, it's a result of our desire for comfort and self-preservation. We fight God's calling on our life, when we know it's right, by continually ignoring His leading and claiming that we don't hear Him. All so that we can stay in a place where we're familiar. We stay in unhealthy relationships for longer than we should because we believe that the person can change (or, more correctly, that we can change them). Most of the time, because we're afraid of being alone. Etc...

But, we serve a God of truth. And, ultimately, truth wins out. It has to. It's one of the core attributes of God. To know God is to know truth.

So, why is it that we so often desire to remain in the dark...

2 comments:

Julie Hibbard said...

So good to see a post from you! We stay in the dark for comfort sake. It's easier and we don't have to go through any pain. It's MUCH more painful to make a move, admit you are miserable, and find a way to change it! Trust me on this one. I have been going through this for the last three years.
It's our inability to see past the pain of today. You MUST be willing to stand up, be honest, admit that we see the red flags, and muster up the courage to make the often VERY painful changes that are necessary to be where we want to be NEXT YEAR.
We know what we see. I would say, "Don't be afraid to ADMIT TO YOURSELF what you see." And then tell trusted others. They almost always see the same thing. You just have to be open to HEAR what they say about what they see. And sometimes we hate that too.
You are on your way.
THIS TOO SHALL PASS Josh.
I am keeping you in my prayers.
Make the change. It's worth it. I promise you.

BK said...

Though we've never met, I read your blog from time to time and always appreciate your honesty.

And from what I read and what Eric has said about you, you have a desire to serve Christ and love people which is a priceless example to others.

Thanks for that.