Facing Flaws and Unloading the Burden
What’s wrong with you? Have you ever asked or been asked that question?
There is plenty wrong with me but I mostly know all about it so thanks, but your help in this matter is declined. If you’ve read much of anything I’ve written or know me at all, I freely list random faults and shortcomings as well as those honkin’ huge mistakes I’ve made.
That doesn’t mean I’ve fixed everything and it sure as heck doesn’t mean I won’t stutter-step my way into more goofs and regrettable choices. It simply means I try to take stock of my own crap regularly and deal with it.
Once in a while some new unsightly flaw in my character will be revealed and, unfortunately one of my biggest imperfections is accepting the new gift graciously. I guess pride gets the better of me and I’d rather ferret out my own junk than have loved ones hand it to me.
Here’s the truth, dear friends, we all have our own customized load of stuff that’s not nice or pretty…bad choices, unkind behavior, rudeness, lying, cheating, jealousy, over-indulging… we’ve all got our closets full. The important thing is trying to uncover the manure and shovel it out of our lives on an ongoing basis.
1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
If you think there’s nothing wrong with you, you’re not looking hard enough or you’re a big fat fibber.
This isn’t intended to be an assault, more like a friendly warning and a present. It’s truly liberating to lighten your burden and every time you face up to your little messes and try to make things right, you are offloading old garbage that you don’t need to carry or store away.
I’d love to hear any good methods you may be using to take your own inventory, so share if you’ve got some ideas that work.