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Between The Lines

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It is amazing.  I am removed from a situation.  In fact haven’t given it much energy or thought in some time.  But within the last couple of days I have been connected with another whose journey on the subject is so very much like mine.

When we encounter those special individuals along our journey when least expected – it lifts us up and validates.

When walking through something heavy – even if it has been several years – it’s still wonderful to be able to connect and really hear the heart of another person, proving this one thing:

We are not alone.

Such a simple thought.

Truth.

Even when we feel things are between the lines.  Unspoken.

Reading and then shaking my head and saying, “Wow – she really gets it”  over and over.

Who is she?  A new and special friend.  One who has chosen to remain anonymous so she can tell her story.

We all have a story.  Most of us cannot tell it.  Some of us never will.  But we all have one.

There is beauty in “kindred spirits” – minds and hearts that are united in discovering truth.  God’s grace beyond our own humanity.  Friends to share.

And I am thankful.

And so blessed.

Here is a beautiful song by Sara Bareilles.  “Between The Lines”.

Enjoy and God Bless

Time to tell me the truth
To burden your mouth for what you say
No pieces of paper in the way
Cause i cant continue pretending to choose
The opposite sides on which we fall
The loving you laters if at all
No right minds could wrong be this many times

My memory is cruel
I’m queen of attention to details
Defending intentions if he fails
Until now, he told me her name
It sounded familiar in a way
I could have sworn I’d heard him say it ten thousand times
If only I had been listening

Leave unsaid unspoken
Eyes wide shut unopened
You and me
Always between the lines
Between the lines

I thought  I was ready to bleed
That we’d move from the shadows on the wall
And stand in the center of it all
Too late two choices to stay or to leave
Mine was so easy to uncover
He’d already left with the other
So I’ve learned to listen through silence

Leave unsaid unspoken
Eyes wide shut unopened
You and me be
You and me always be

I tell myself all the words he surely meant to say
I’ll talk until the conversation doesn’t stay on
Wait for me I’m almost ready
When he meant let go

Leave unsaid unspoken
Eyes wide shut unopened
You and me
Always be
You and me
Always between the lines

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When Is Truth – Just Perspective?


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Does Truth really work?  According to the picture it does.  I sometimes wonder.  My perspective on the truth may be totally different from yours.

Is it possible to live in a world where people really say what they feel – are honest with themselves and others?

Or

Do you hide, like I do – and try to spare feelings?  Is the risk of being too honest not worth the “fall-out” from the other person?  Even if it’s the truth?

As we forge through life trying to live in the way we feel that God would have us live – is it always “safe” to be really honest?

If you are like me – you’ve been burned by being too honest – or not honest enough.

Is there a place in between where we all can live peaceably? Agree to disagree and be okay with that?

A place of safety and security in bearing our most important thoughts and opinions?  Is being silent the best way to handle a most difficult situation?  Or is skating around an issue really the best way to live – so to not offend?

When was the last time you felt you had to spare someone’s feelings and lost your way in the midst by having to compromise your own?  When was the last time you just “bit it” and told the truth (as you saw it) – and paid a high price for the “fall-out”.

The truth is – we can’t always.

Personal truth is relative.

Is this really truth?  Or is it just personal interpretation of the truth? 

Is truth just my own personal perspective?

My truth may not be acceptable or even the same truth as yours.  Just when I am reconciled to my own truth – as soon as I own it and feel safe with it – I am hit with another ‘truth’ – YOURS!

These are tough issues for us sensitive – ‘peace maker’ types of people.  Because we care deeply what people think – when maybe we shouldn’t.

Sometimes silence is best.

Speaking “truth” in love – does not always set you free – in the way we are led to believe.

I believe that the only one we can really be that honest and transparent with – is God Himself.  He is not shocked or ‘bent out of shape’ by our opinions, thoughts and feelings.  He made us and understands our unique personality.  He does not require anything from us – except our heart.  He does not want us to “hide” our real self from Him – instead He wants us to ‘bare our soul’ to Him in prayer.  He is the one true friend who promises us a safe place to land when we vent, act out, express a need, desire, opinion or even – YIKES – a lack of faith, character flaw, indiscretion or failure.

He is my personal truth – and His opinion is the only one I need be concerned with.  His assessment of me – is all I care about.  He is TRUTH.  All truth comes from Him alone.  He has set a high value on you and me – and that truth, my friend is the only truth that will last – long after our opinions and petty disagreements have passed.  His is not a perspective, it just simply is.

And that’s the honest truth.

God Bless

 

What Is Your Personal Truth? – Part Two

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Yesterday I touched on a subject that is delicate.  One that is personal and can sometimes be secretive.  Ownership and a grasp of a deep and contemplative question:  What is your personal truth?  I explained it – and expanded on it just a little in an attempt to show how if we are not able to grasp that for ourselves – it is impossible to be totally authentic with God.

First – what does truth mean?  It can mean two things:

1.  Truth can be scary.  What if I admit something about my character to God that is less than what others believe of me – or less than I even have attempted to believe about myself?  What if God does not accept me when He finds out?  What if He rejects me?

2. Truth brings personal responsibility.  As long as no one knows – and I have cleverly hidden all aspects of myself from God – then I cannot be held responsible.  Once revealed for what it really is – I must take ownership and change the behavior.  There is no middle ground on this.  And this can be scary.

And although most of us believe that God is a loving God who forgives – whether raised in church or not – it is still easy to believe this in our head only – and not really believe it with our heart.  I mean – there’s a limit to what God will forgive, right?  Or what He will accept about me, right?  And so with this thinking it can be difficult to really come clean with things like:

Dishonesty

Failure (moral or otherwise)

Addiction

Greed and selfishness

Idolatry

It is easy to hide from things in the above list –  and not really admit or own it.

What if my personal truth looks like this?:

 I am a failure

 I am a liar

I am an addict

I am worthless

I caused someone I love to go away

I am not lovable

If God knew what I thought He would not love me

All of the above statements could be true in your life today.  But here is the really good news:

God has a different view of truth.  He is able to cut to the chase whether I am honest about myself to Him or not.  He will wait for a confession – and an admission of truth from me – He is a gentleman.  And when I allow Him to change how I see that truth based on His reflection of love and grace – I find there is no fear – only a far greater understanding of myself than I ever thought I had.  And it’s okay – because He loves me anyway – just the way I am – broken, full of sin and failure, unable to help myself or even be honest about it.

His personal truth for ME radically changes my life.

His truth looks like this:

I don’t see personal failure – I see a bruised masterpiece

I don’t see addiction – I see a wonderful freedom

I don’t see inadequacy and the feeling of worthlessness – I see a precious gift

I don’t see the sin – it’s been covered

God’s truth is better than my attempt at truth

God’s truth is better than my self-righteous claim

God’s truth does not have any room for my pride or feeling of entitlement

What I try to deny and hide from Him – He knows and will deal with me

God’s truth about me – is the only truth I need in my life.

God’s truth is the only thing that will change my behavior from the inside out.

His truth says:

I am worth so much – that He sent His son – to die for me. 

Wow.  Is it really possible that I’m worth dying for?  How can that be?

He values me

He loves me

I am worthy

I am validated

I am loved

And no matter what I do – I cannot change this truth about myself – as God sees me.  It is indisputable in His eyes.

Are there areas of your heart that you have not allowed God to shine His truth?  How long has it been since you were able to “come clean” with Him?

I am praying today that you would not believe a “truth” about yourself that is destructive and steeped in failure or inadequacy to measure up.  I am praying that you will confess these “truths” to God and allow Him to begin a new “truth” in your life today – a “truth” that He sees you as – valuable and lovable – no matter what.

God Bless


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