Discovering hard, blunt, and real facts can be debilitating. We want to live in a world where everyone gets along, things always work out, and every situation filled with hope. We go to extraordinary lengths to look at life with glasses that have exactly this type of prescription. I do not know for me if it is that I cannot handle the truth or rather that I do not know what to do with it if I actually laid the hard-facts on the table. I am not unique.
A simple machine that tells one their body fat in addition to weight is a recent example of how easily a dream reality in my life was shattered. I blissfully destroyed my illusion-based dream of fitness, athletic ability, and potential on which one can build in a series of small discreet moments!
This month marks another cycle where I no longer receive annual salary letters. While accepting the change in corporate compensation policy, I miss the process and cycle; another dream reality left lying in a long lost bin.
The list goes on without end. A personal confidence builder here, a sentimental memory that became an illusion there, I find myself and others clinging to facts that are, and probably never were, hard truths. The extent of the difficulty of facing clear, pure truths goes to every part of our lives. We do not seem able or interested in dealing with it.
However, we must.
Look at our relationship with God. “You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in – first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death.” (Romans 5.12) We are all in the same situation. Our histories on this subject come from the same foundation. While understanding differently because of our journeys, the difficult facts remain the same. We all face death. We are in a place away from God (sin).
It is also a fact that God dealt with this issue. Never stop with just part of the story, go for the whole thing!