there are three things i can always count on, no matter what.
1) my family will always be there for me, no matter what the cost, the problem, or the distance.
2) this world will always have heartache and pain, joy and beauty, searching and seeking.
3) no matter how much I pursue Christ, I will never fully understand or become perfection like Him, until He returns. However, He will always be in pursuit of me, and will always be truth in my life.
for me, truth is perhaps one of the virtues in life i hold most dear. in a world where the central Hellenic notion of “the golden mean” has been simplified to “I’ll try anything once,” and that we must be tolerant and “open-minded” and willing to give anything a chance must also be reflected in our pursuit of truth and right and wrong. does that then eliminate our need for truth if we are willing to then be accepting of anything and everything? no longer are we a society grounded on firm beliefs, distinctions of right and wrong, and adhering to the laws of nature, principle, and foundational truths, but rather we have watered down truth to be notions of the times, of narrow-minded thinking, and reflections of an intolerant society. so we move from one extreme to the other — becoming accepting of everything, and intolerant of those who choose to believe that right and wrong still exist, and that truth is less of an old-fashioned notion and more of a guiding beacon in the hazy, twilight-colored path that we must trod.
i am not an expert on truth. obviously. otherwise i wouldn’t have to ponder, question, seek guidance, or need daily prayer dedicated to seeking and understanding right and wrong. perhaps that is why i choose to focus so much of my thoughts and life on the pursuit of truth and the desire to uphold right and wrong. i realize the more i look into my life, the more i seem to hold right and wrong over other’s lives; as if my standard of living is above all others, and that if i should deem to stoop to their level, that they should know they do not live up to my expectations.
i am shamed and humbled at the reality of my depravity and selfishness.
this is why i surround myself with others, who are more mature in their walk with Christ, who know me at my deepest levels, and who God has used over and over again to share Himself with me through, in order to seek wise council and speak truth into my life. i cannot tell you how this has shaped and saved my world, time and time again. there are very few people in this world that i meet that i do not like — i tend to wear my heart open wide and welcome anyone in; strangers are just friends i haven’t met yet. at the same time, there are very few people in this world that i respect — that no matter what they have to say to me, good or bad, i will listen with an open mind and a humbled heart, because they have earned my respect and proven their hearts to be good and to be sharing with my best interest in mind.
after having an interesting conversation with a friend last night, i really have begun to ponder the necessity of people like this in my life. do i really need others to “speak truth” into my life, when i am already programmed with an innate knowledge of right and wrong, of “truth” and fiction, and of knowing myself? he begged to differ. i choose to embrace this blessing.
regardless of what i may “know” inside of me, i am constantly at war with myself — my flesh is battling with my spirit, and it is a daily struggle of who i will answer to, and what path i will choose. Paul said it best — “my spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” considering i’m human, that means my flesh is constantly present, and is often veering me off-course. therefore, i choose to believe that God has placed certain people in my life to speak this truth when my flesh clouds my vision and distracts me from reality. for those who live a life without truth, or without people to speak that truth to them, i am truly saddened for them. because truth is the greatest of blessings in a world of tumult and uncertainty.
“surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness without you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” — Edmund Lee
for those of you who speak truth into my life, thank you for taking that plunge.
“Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” ” — John 18:37