“The work of restoration cannot begin until a problem is fully faced.”
— Dan B. Allender
Truth is such a pulsating fact for either life or death, and never the twain shall meet.
We make a lot of our problems or we cut them off at the pass. Simplicity is the marvel we need in simply facing our fears front-on. But we inevitably find ourselves trapped in complexities of our own making, because we are still too fearful of being restored as only God can restore.
Honesty was made for the blessing of restoration, and no other truth could be as personally glorious as being made new because we have honoured such a personally viable truth.
Honesty is matched with the reality of restoration made possible by grace. Grace is God’s restorative power that is lived in the mortal body and mind in considering what was, old and gone. It is no longer a feasible threat.
The bedrock of all the good recovery programs (certainly the ‘Anonymous’ ones) is honesty. “Everyone can recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”
And we might suppose that recovery is the way through to restoration, and that problems are serious enough to need a recovery from.
If you are honest about anything that is a blockage in your life, you will have something – some extra resource or revelation – with which to fight that problem.
Truthfulness is a power we don’t call on enough. We prefer to stay in the folly of a lie or we think we are couched in safety by hiding the truth. But truth is vibrant and it makes life innovative and even unpredictable in the best ways.
Truth expiates a life that has been lived with less integrity. It makes better what had, beforehand, less hope.
Truth makes life better, not worse. Though it seems to limit us, the truth actually liberates us. From being restrained from recovery we can be restored through recovery.
The truth makes us freer, because we have loosened the shackles of our fear.
Living a lie restricts recovery, but we are restored by truth through recovery.
Facing what our lives are telling us can only be a blessing.
The more we are able to acknowledged truth, the more we are able to see our true selves representing us in our living moments.
The more we can be our true selves, the less we will experience maladies.
Reality is a blessing to the person who sincerely seeks the truth.
© 2014 S. J. Wickham.