We all know John 3:16 by heart, right? But when I did a www.BibleGateway.com search for “truth and light,” John 3:21 popped up. Then I chose to read the prior verse for proper context. While reading a few more verses above that, something clicked: When we walk in the light, we’re showing forth the love of God; conversely, when we walk in darkness, of course we realize that there’s no love in this. I experienced a simple, yet significant, moment of awareness.
When we keep things to ourselves, attempting to hide our foibles and struggles, we’re not being honest with ourselves – or others. What good is a pretty façade when the inside is crumbling? Why act like you’ve got it all together when you’re really “tore up from the floor up?”
It takes courage to stand boldly in the truth…yep, the butt naked truth. It can be intimidating at first, but it is indeed liberating and cathartic – as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Why? Because you’re no longer trying to hold everything together with an amalgamation of scotch tape, paper clips, staples, and push pins. Instead, you’re admitting, “This is a bit of a mess, and I need some help and support to get through it until things come together.” And you know what? After that, the help you need becomes available. Transparency makes ya vulnerable (that’s the story of my life on this blog). Downright exposed. But it’s the only way to start a genuine healing process. Bringing things into the light brings life.
So today, I typed up the progression of my blood pressure readings over the past few months to share with my doctor during tomorrow’s appointment. I’m gonna do this while taking a deep breath (perhaps several!) – because I’ve been dodging her for a while. However, since I want to be healthy from the inside out (and not just an outward show), this is my first step. What’s yours?
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
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