Lies in the Dark
Even on a sunny day, the darkness hovers.
It lingers just outside your vision, but you feel its presence.
It chills you, it threatens to envelop you, and it sings its siren song drawing you in deeper and deeper.
There is no comfort in reality, no truth, only the darkness seems real.
Like a shroud the darkness settles around you.
It tells you lies but you believe.
You are unworthy,
You are unloved,
You are unwanted,
You are too mixed up to save.
You can’t be yourself, you must be who they expect you to be.
Lies. All of them.
Lies cloaked in smooth speech and convincing words.
Words, untruths spoken in the dark and made real in the daylight by your fears, by your doubt.
Ever present, the darkness seeks to catch hold of you, to lure you in, to imprison your soul.
But as the darkness of night slowly gives way to a glimmer of light in the east, so too will your night give way to a new dawn. There is still a flame, small, barely flickering,
Your world can be bright again. You don’t have to give in to the darkness, to the fears, to the uncertainty. Find the flicker of light, the tiny flame that refuses to be extinguished. Look deep within and you will find its existence, its essence.
Darkness is never forever if you don’t give in. You can be strong. You can have hope. Find that light. No matter how miniscule it is, it will reveal itself to you when you seek its presence.
When you find it grasp it tightly and don’t let go. Nurture its faint life, feel its tiny warmth. Hold it close. As you care for the flame, it will grow brighter and stronger. Focus on the light, focus on the flame, and begin to let go of the darkness.
Gradually, slowly, the flame will strengthen and so will you. The dark will slide away, and the dawn will arrive.
You will live in the light again.
For the light is in you.
The light is you.
I lived for many years in a small southern town. Just like any town, they have a lot about them that is good, but they do have one big drawback. Southerners are great talkers, and their conversation choices often revolve around what other people are doing, who they have been seen with, or where they have been noticed. Unfortunately, no matter how innocent the remarks are to begin with the talk can quickly turn into gossip, half-truths, and just plain lies about others. Everyone tries to one up everyone else and that leads to people being hurt.
Of course, small towns are not the only size city that has this problem, but it can affect the residents more deeply because literally everyone knows everyone else and everyone thinks they should be involved in everyone’s life. This is one of the great benefits of small towns, but in the case of gossip and outright lies, it can also be a great detriment.
Shouldn’t the truth be something we strive to speak? When did lies and half-truths become the norm. Ever wonder how much truth is in the words the media claims are real? Did you ever really listen to the statements a politician makes during a campaign and then wonder why he never does what he said he would? Does what we say really hold any weight any more or do people simply say what others want them to? Are you careful what you say about people? Do you ever think how something you say could hurt someone else? Do you care what your words might do to someone else?
A lot of people lie about a lot of different things. You can’t stop the lies people tell, but you can stop listening to them, and you most certainly can cease from spreading the rumors, the gossip, the lies that you hear. If you don’t know it is the truth, you probably should not pass on the information.
Make a difference in your own circle of friends, coworkers, and acquaintances by not talking about people, by truly caring about the content and the truth of what you say and what you hear. Stand up for truth and hold on to what you believe in.
In Ephesians 4:25, Paul says, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
If you want to live a godly, honorable life and to stand for what is right, take Paul’s words to heart and actually live them. We are all on this journey of life together. Maybe it is time we acted like it.
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds at meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you have learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.
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