Rev. Bernard Jakes preached from this text on yesterday and gave us many wonderful insights on conversion and one's ongoing relationship with God.
Wouldn't it save us all a lot of pain if we could even determine if what they do say to us is the truth; If we could unmask them and cover our hearths in the process.
The fact of the matter, we cannot! And to do so would put us in the realm of supernatural and we are far from that. So us humans have to go through the motions of life and learn by trail and error. Time becomes our best educator.
We meet people and we really don't know who they are. We only really know what they tell us and what we see.
But in the age of Social Media, the access people have to our lives is massive. This has been true for me on so many levels. My life is an open book on Twitter and this blog. I share things that most people would never share, even with their closest friends. But that's the core of who I am, it's the epicenter of my gift; sharing my life in such a way that it enriches the lives of others. So I've opened my life up and that has left me vulnerable.
This scared the living shit out of me and I considered shutting down my Social Media life. But it's the core of my work. It's my place to minister and educate, so I have to rest in the fact that God is all knowing and that in the knowing their lies my protection.
I wish I had the answers, just like I want to know why there is evil in the world or why bad things happened to good people. I just don't have the answers to these complex questions. But what I know for sure, is that lying is dangerous for you and for them.
Today, as I put my million little pieces back together again, I also know that we can't stop loving and living out of fear of the possibility of hurt. We cannot let fear paralyze us. What would be the point if you can't live and thrive in your life?
But I also rest in years of wisdom, that when a person shows you who they are, believe them... Don't explain it away. Don't make excuses believe it!