One of the things that annoys me most is when people feel they can’t make mistakes. Let’s get this straight for once and all: no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes at some point in time or another. The issue is that we can’t accept that it’s OK to make mistakes and for others to make mistakes. The fact that Christians are expected to be perfect is absolute garbage. There are no perfect Christians, not in church or out. The sooner we accept that we’re surrounded by people who make mistakes and have room for improvement the better off we will be.
But because we haven’t all accepted that it’s OK to not be perfect, some people feel it is necessary to lie or omit the truth so that they appear as if they have it all together. This usually does more harm than any intended good, and is one of the main reasons Christians have been given the often truthful ‘hypocrite’ label. Yes, there is value in not showing up for life in the dirty sweats that show how you really feel about things right now, and showing courage and being willing to push forward through your struggles. The value disappears when you put on that front to create the illusion that there are no issues beyond what you may see.
Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, it makes you strong! Lies don’t help you move forward in life or get closer to God, they hurt you! When you present a lie to the world or omit important details you damage your relationships, diminish your professionalism, decrease your chances for success and do the opposite of what God wants you to do.
It’s not always easy to tell the truth and be honest, I get that. It’s not easy to tell others that you screwed up, that you need help or that you’re struggling. But the sooner we start taking those steps, the sooner we will feel better about our lives, have healthier relationships and accomplish our goals.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32