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For Better or For Worse

What’s Your Relationship with Truth?

Are you married to it, or do you just want it when it’s convenient for you? Are you committed to truth, or is yours a casual agreement with self-granted permission to pick and choose when you want to hear it and or when you want to speak it? These are some extremely powerful questions, and when answered truthfully, they can alter your life for the better.


The Cambridge Dictionary defines truth this way, the real facts about a situation, event, or person. I really like this definition! "The Real Facts..."

Who doesn’t want the real facts, aside from someone who is being dishonest with themselves. In normal circumstances, we all prefer the truth over lies and honesty over its opposite.


Just a few months ago, I found myself 6 months behind on scheduling bloodwork, which I had been committed to every six months for a few years. This became necessary when my doctor informed me that my A1C was on the high side of normal. He told me that with no attention or change to my situation, I could possibly develop diabetes within a couple of years. I appreciated hearing the Truth from a trusted expert, because that Truth prompted me make some adjustments and improve on some of my eating and exercise decisions. So, how did I get behind schedule? I’m glad you asked.


The Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities of 2021 provided opportunities for some [not so wise] choices on my part. I couldn’t (more like wouldn’t) resist as well as I had the previous year, but instead, I indulged myself, and it FELT GOOD! But when bloodwork time rolled around, I wanted no part in seeing the results from my choices, I avoided scheduling that appointment like the plague. I was torn between wanting to know the Truth so I could fix it, and not wanting to know the Truth because it was not going to FEEL GOOD!


REMINDER ONE

“Avoiding the Truth” does not make it change, nor does it make it go away!

The sooner you know the facts about your situation, the sooner you can begin to understand things better and position yourself to make wiser choices. For Truth to produce what it is designed to produce in your life, it requires a deep and unselfish commitment, much like marriage. It must be a “For Better or For Worse” relationship. You must be prepared to enjoy it when it feels good and stay with it when it doesn’t.


The Bible has a whole lot to say about truth.

3 John 1:4

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.


We were designed by our Creator to walk in Truth and not the other stuff (Lies). Yeah, the lies will feel better short term, but it will only be a matter of time before the lie expires. All lies have a shelf life, and when they die, the truth is there.

Sometimes the truth is an extremely difficult proposition, and to avoid it we search for other more comfortable options.


REMINDER TWO

Even with its potential pains or discomforts, truth is far better than lies in the long run, and awareness than ignorance. Lies are simply incapable of delivering what they promise, but in time truth will deliver every time.


If you have been running from or avoiding Truth, consider re-introducing yourself to it, court it and commit to it. You’ll find in the end that Truth is the most faithful partner you can have.


Sooner or later, you will have to deal with the truth, and sooner is better than later in most circumstances and situations.

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