Your Junk is the Worst
I don’t know if you’re anything like me (and I’m first to admit that can be a good and bad thing), but I’m not an overly judgmental person.
I’m not perfect by any means and don’t mean to imply that, but I don’t believe there is any sin or problem or struggle too big for God’s grace. But when I’m really honest, I believe that for other people, but often not for myself.
It’s as if, I could hear someone pour out their heart about their deepest struggle and I feel a great sense of compassion. I’ve experienced such things many times. Then when it comes to my own junk, I can sometimes begin to believe that it’s so bad no one could ever accept me if they knew.
When it comes down to it, I can be judgmental towards me.
I taught on Sunday evening about sonship and our adoption as sons of God (that term includes both male and female by the way -Galatians 3:23-29). And I believe one of the marks of a true son is that a son does not feel the need to hide.
Sometimes when you make a mess, the tendency is to cover it up and make it all look pretty. Happens with my kids all the time. It’s all good until I find the problem later and it’s worse than if they had just come to me in the first place. I tell my kids, “you may get in a little trouble, but it’ll be so much better if we clean it up together.”
And that’s what God wants for each of you. You don’t have to keep believing that your junk is the worst and cover it all up. God gives you family to share with and grow with. He comes alongside you and helps you clean up the mess.
You have three options.
- Hide your struggle and pretend it’s not there until you die.
- Give in to your struggle and let it drag you into darkness.
- Get up the nerve to drag your struggle into the light and deal with it.
Believe me, I know it’s not easy to put yourself out there–with others or even with God. It’s scary and the battle can be intense. It’s often compounded because we have had people reject us in the past when we opened up.
Don’t give up! There are people who will care and listen. They will love you no matter what you’re facing. You may think your junk is the worst, but there are others thinking the same thing. It’s time to open up and let Him bring the healing He desires.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever tend toward hiding or judging yourself? Why or why not?