Friday, January 6

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”  John 3:19

I know that when I’ve done something wrong, or something that someone else might think is wrong, I prefer to hide it, to ignore it, to cover it up and pretend like it never happened.  I like to think well of myself, to present a picture of myself to the world of someone who is kind, thoughtful, good in all the ways a person can be good.  I like to view myself in that light at least as much as I like others to view me in that way.

I think it must be a part of our human nature, perhaps even hardwired into our DNA: did not Adam and Eve cover themselves and hide after eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?  And when God spoke to them, did they not both try to shift the blame onto someone else-Adam to Eve, and Eve to the serpent?  And so it is, even to this day: the same behaviors we see in our most distant ancestors can also be seen in us.

But, as I have noted in a previous post, you recover faster from an illness when you acknowledge it and treat it than when you try to pretend you don’t have it.  However you define that illness, whatever shape it takes in your eyes, I believe the treatment to be the same: acknowledge it, to yourself if no one else.  Treat it.  Don’t ignore it and let it fester and grow worse.  Confess to God, if not to other people; place it in His hands, and let Him work in you to bring about change and restore you to His image.

And, while God can and will work directly with you, and speak directly to you, He can and does use other people to do His work.  There is no shame, there is nothing wrong, in asking others for help.  Whether it is a licensed professional, a support group, a phone line, friends and family, or even the comment section of this blog, there is someone out there who cares and will do their best to help you.  You don’t have to deal with things without any human support-and you will always have God’s love and help, no matter what.

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