Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. – Winston Churchill
Truth. It is the basis for every aspect of our lives. Relationships, communities, businesses, science, nature, our laws, our rights, our country – everything is has its foundation in truth.
And while Truth is the most fundamental part of our existence, it is also the most challenging.
Truth is truth. It is blunt. It is straight up in your face. It is not empathetic or sympathetic. It cannot be swayed or reasoned with. It doesn’t play favorites; it’s indiscriminate. It cannot be manipulated or coerced. You cannot make it an offer it can’t refuse. It cannot be disguised or fancied up, as hard as one might try. Truth is immutable. And Truth is universal.
For instance, it won’t matter if you eat that entire chocolate cake while sitting in front of your T.V. at home or in some distant place like Timbuktu. All those calories will still pass through your lips and go straight to your hips. Dang it!
Truth can be hard to accept. Once you’re aware of it, there’s no getting past it. You cannot claim ignorance. Truth cannot be unknown.
Oh we can try to ignore it or wave it off like some fleeting fancy, but just like that chocolate cake going straight to our hips because of our snarf fest, Truth will not be denied. At first, it may seem like Truth is driving right on by, but it will do a uey, then make a beeline straight for us, and plow right through us like daisies in a field.
We cannot get out of Truth’s way; we cannot hide from it. It knows where we live. Truth knows everything about us. It knows our deepest, darkest secrets. It knows the things we do when we think no one is watching, like snarfing down that chocolate cake. It knows our triumphs and our failures. It knows our greatest joys and our most wrenching sorrows.
Truth isn’t beholden to social standards or political correctness, either. It’s not obligated to our feelings or views of social status and acceptance. Rather, Truth comes at us when we least expect it and from a variety of sources.
Children. Children are great at telling the truth. They are little ‘truth-sayers.’ They will tell you that you have a boogie hanging out of your nose, point-blank, right in front of everyone. And then everyone gets all kinds of excited because it’s rude to tell someone they have a boogie hanging out of their nose. So we stifle Truth for the sake of our own uncomfortableness (yes, that’s my word), and instead choose to walk around with our boogies hanging out there for the world to see.
Strangers are another source of truth; truth-sayers. They, like children, have no qualms in telling you the truth as unwanted as it may be. For instance, I had gained a lot of weight. I had tried to hide that fact by wearing loose-fitting clothes. That was my lie. But the Truth got in my face and exposed my lie in the form of complete strangers who were asking me when my baby was due. And not just one random person, but several…Awkward! (Just so you know, I’ve had and raised my children already). Talk about uncomfortable. Talk about embarrassing. And there was no getting away from it. It was becoming a regular occurrence. I had ignored my weight gain for so long, then Truth made me face it. It came around, and smacked me up side the head.
The choice then became mine. I could continue to endure strangers asking me if I was pregnant or I could do something about it. Well, honestly, it infuriated me to no end whenever people would ask me about being pregnant so I got off my butt and did something about. I changed the way I ate. I started working out (and I hate working out). But I was motivated by the truth of my situation. I was motivated to not feel badly about myself. I was motivated by the need to take better care of myself. I was motivated to not have total strangers ask me how far along I was. And the result? I lost 30lbs. (Yay! Go me!) I feel so much better about myself, but I can’t give up or let up. I have to maintain what I’ve accomplished and keep accomplishing more.
Truth can be a gut punch. Truth can be a smack upside the head. Truth can be a plow. Truth can be a total stranger pointing out what we don’t want to admit.
Truth. Simply. Is.
If Truth simply is, then why do we fight it so hard? Why do we go kicking and screaming? Why do we dig our heals in? Why do we insist on lying to ourselves pretending Truth is not there. Why do we think we can run and hide from it or fancy it up like putting a dress on a pig? Why? Because Truth is uncomfortable and it makes us vulnerable.
It out-and-out exposes the very things we desperately try to hide; the lies we like to tell ourselves so we can feel good about that 800lb gorilla mess that’s running amuck in our lives.
And half-truths don’t count either. They are lies masquerading as Truth and they will seek to destroy us. Lies will draw us off the narrow path and into the muck and mire of hopelessness and despair. Lies will make us believe our fears, anxieties and inadequacies. Lies will make us believe something we are not.
But here’s the thing…Truth is not the enemy; it is not OUR enemy. It is our salvation. Truth is our liberator, our lifeline, our hope, our restoration. If we would just get out of our own way and let Truth in the front door, then that 800lb gorilla mess wouldn’t be able to move into the spare bedroom, raid the freezer for the last bit of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and then go joy-riding around the neighborhood.
The truth about Truth is, it is consistent; it never waivers. Truth is power and empowering. Truth isn’t meek; it doesn’t cower in the corner. It won’t turn tail and run. It will not go quietly into the night. Truth is strength. Truth is steadfast. Truth is proactive, never reactive. Truth is motivating. Truth always stands. Truth always wins.
Truth is always in our best interest. If we would just learn to be intentional about Truth, listen to Truth, be open to Truth, receive Truth, then it will give us clarity, it will bestow peace, it will bring us freedom.
Truth hangs out with the likes of Honesty, Integrity and Wisdom. You’ve heard of the Justice League? Well, here’s the Truth League. And who doesn’t want those guys in their life?
Truth may be painful and it may come with consequences but once we embrace it, we feel such a sense of relief, don’t we? We no longer are being crushed by the weight of the lies that have been lording over us. We are no longer oppressed by their hold on us. Why then, would we not want the Truth? We can handle the Truth!
So if we want, because know we need, Truth in our life how then do we make sure we get it? We need truth-sayers. No, I don’t mean we need to gather up a bunch of children and strangers to spout off random truisms at us. But we do need people in our life who are willing to impart the Truth to us even when we don’t want to hear it.
Truth-sayers are the people who have our best interest at heart. They are the ones who know us best and care about us most. They are the ones who say the hard things not to hurt us or tear us down but to build us up.
I have several truth-sayers in my life. My family, my closest friends; they’re all truth-sayers for me. I value what they have to say even when I don’t particularly like it sometimes. I know I can trust them because I know they love and care about me.
Who are your truth-sayers?
And it’s not enough to just have truth-sayers in our lives. We have to own our Truth. When we own our Truth, and we act on it, then the lies have nowhere to go. We vanquish lies, we silence them – our true enemies. We become victorious! Yay! Go us!
Truth is our freedom. Embrace Truth. Cling to Truth. Live Truth. Breathe Truth. Let Truth move into the spare bedroom.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6