The interesting thing about this today is that the focus is on telling God the truth, which is another way of being truthful with ourselves--since God knows everything, anyway!
There are so many ugly things that I want to squirrel away so that I don't have to deal with them. Ugh.... And this brings to mind a very helpful tool I learned back in college: The Johari Window.
Have you ever heard of this--or used it?
It speaks to the importance of self disclosure in order to know yourself better. Do you see the twist there? Not so that others know you better, although that will be a secondary result. The key for me is to realize that the more open and honest I am about myself with God and a trusted friend or two, the more light gets shed on my blind spots -- and the more we learn about that which is truly known only to God.
It can be a very frightening experience to embrace this kind of vulnerability.
Truly, freedom comes speaking the truth before God (p. 69 of TJC) and truth telling awakens forgiveness (p. 70). We make our own prisons in our minds (hmm....the Matrix, anyone?) when we try to hide from ourselves and God and others.
And in line with a series of conversations over at Sonja's, truth telling must be about us telling our own truths, not about our demands for others to confess.
When I lead by example in this realm, I am set free from the burden in my heart, so that Jesus/Papa can carry the burden of what others have done to me. Only then can I resonate with God's words to the Apostle Paul's, when he was dealing with his "thorn in the flesh":
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.These are familiar words ... and being familiar, they sometimes ring hollow. My challenge is to allow the Holy Spirit to keep them fresh ... and the only way they say fresh is for me to confess my weaknesses so that Papa's love can make me strong. And that, my friends, is a very purple thing.
Leaning on Papa.