Have you ever told a lie to make yourself feel better about a particular situation? You didn’t just tell a lie but you dressed it up nicely and made it sound real good? You weren’t speaking life over yourself, you weren’t walking out on faith; you just didn’t want to deal with yourself and your emotions. Maybe you did it consciously, maybe you didn’t, but if WE’RE honest with ourselves, we can admit we’ve done it before. Those pretty lies we tell ourselves are music to our ears. We bask in the ambiance they provide until we’re forced to hear the tune of ugly truths. The piercing sound we can’t wish away.

I don’t have a temper. I don’t care what other people think about me. I’m not a jealous person. I’m over him. I don’t need them. It wasn’t that deep. I like sticking to myself. I don’t want the attention. I’m happier now. We’re still friends. My relationship with God is fine. I don’t need their approval. I didn’t try that hard anyway. I’m not worried about it. There’s nothing to tell. Pretty lies have a way of mistaking confidence for insecurities. If we can convince everyone else, we think eventually we’ll start believing it. And sometimes we can, but only for a little while because we always find a way to tell on ourselves.

I don’t think I’m that pretty. I’m not where I want to be in life. My feelings are really hurt. I want my mom’s approval. He doesn’t love me. I’m not sure I believe in God. I’m not good at making or keeping friends. I don’t think I’m smart. I want to be well liked. I want to be noticed. I think about dying every day. I don’t think I’ll ever get married. I spend too much money. I don’t want to forgive. Ugly truths tell a story we want no part of, only to find ourselves listed as the main character. It’s a reality we don’t want to face but it stares back at us like our reflection in the mirror. The farther we try to run from it, the closer we find ourselves to it.

Once you uncover the pretty lies and recognize the ugly truths, now what? Sing this with me: Take it to the Lord in prayer… We have to be willing to admit where we are weak, so why not admit it to the one whose strength is made perfect in our weakness? Ask God to help you make friends. Ask God to help you believe in Him. Ask God to help you express your hurt feelings effectively. And when the opportunity to believe the lie presents itself (I’m telling you, it will), choose to acknowledge the truth and let God be strong. It may be uncomfortable, you probably won’t feel like it, it may even seem contrary to your character, but choose to follow God and His truth anyway.

John 8:32, 36 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

July 2019