Just a warning, these devotionals are going to start out looking like a feel-good story. Then stuff is going to get real. Buckle the seatbelt!
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
…story began on Day 3…
From yesterday: What are your reasons for fearing transparency with God, ourselves, and another human being?
If we avoid transparency, we will not know ourselves. Refusing to be honest with ourselves about ourselves means that our identity is built upon, at best, a view of ourselves that is only partially true. There are other consequences too, of course. We can not be fully present in relationship with others if we do not know ourselves. I’ve heard the saying, “You can’t give what you don’t have.” I wonder if the reverse is also true: “You can only give what you have.”
If our identity is based on partial truths (or, worse yet, a completely false understanding of ourselves) then all we have to offer to others is partial truths (or, worse yet, something completely false). Therefore, if we’re intent on defending ourselves to avoid looking inward then we will live in such a way as to be isolated from ourselves and others because we refuse to live in reality.
You may want to read those paragraphs a couple of times.