I don’t know if your mom was like mine, but she was adamant about lying. She could accept some things, but lying was not one of them. We told the truth at any cost, and I have tried to live an honest life, seeking the truth in all things.
I find it interesting how lies can find their way into our lives when and where we least expect it, most profoundly in our own thoughts. Lies deceit us into believing they have our best interest in mind, but they plot to destroy us from the inside out. And if you allow little lies that you tell yourself to continue, you will need bigger lies to cover up the little ones. Before you know it, your entire life will be a lie.
Lies are sneaky and can take the shape of justification. “Oh, I deserve that extra piece of cake” or “I’ll start exercising when things calm down” and “It’s okay I let that person down.” Yes, we tell ourselves lies all the time, and like anything, if we continue, they will take up residence in our spirit. We will then struggle to know the truth, even if it is right in front of us. We will be lost in the dark.
Just because lies are told frequently doesn’t make them a truth. Lies may tell you that you aren’t good enough or you need more stuff or you don’t need to think of others, and they will leave you empty and alone. The goal is to separate us from the Truth and the Way.
Make no mistake, we are in an epic battle of dark forces against good – lies versus truth. The louder the lies are spoken, the more we need to spend time in quiet. We need to allow the truth to speak to us. Truth never forces itself upon us whereas lies are aggressive and pushy. Lies have a sense of urgency and want you to surrender to them so they can place you in a prison. Truth is patient, steadfast and timeless.
I am grateful for the lessons my mother taught me about lying, and I am even more thankful for God’s truth that sets me free.
I continue to be astounded at people who feel the need to post negative, hurtful or means things on social media. How sad for them that they are so miserable that they want to make others just as miserable! Life is and has always been full of critics. Some are celebrated for shredding apart a new restaurant or business, but I rather be encouraging.
Oh, I’ve been known to write reviews of bad service, but generally speaking, I rather uplift and inspire others because life is just hard. The world has gotten even crazier, and most of us are just trying to live our lives. Who needs put downs or negativity?
As the years have progressed, I have learned when to simply un-follow someone versus unfriend them. Some just can’t help themselves and have to attack anyone with differing viewpoints. Other’s mission is to assault others as a way to deflect their own hurts and wounds. It is much easier to point out other’s faults than to fix one’s one.
Know when to step away from those who want to drag you down, and put some distance between you and those who are full of drama. Don’t fall prey and get on the pity-party wagon but rather be a positive force for good. Be kind, gentle and giving when possible. We can go against the stream and perhaps one day change it.
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