Many of the stories we tell ourselves are simply not true. Over time we’ve come to believe the lies that we’re not enough, don’t have what it takes, and are not worthy of love and belonging. These lies run deep and daily we must practice and live in the truth.
It’s not that we consciously choose to believe the lies. But they help us to manage our shame.
For example, if we’re uncertain we have what it takes, it’s easier to hedge our bets and sell ourselves short. The lie protects us from the risk of exposure.
When we believe we don’t have what it takes then we don’t have to put ourselves on the line and risk being exposed as lacking.
The lie provides a convenient excuse and allows us to keep our strength hidden.
And again, much of this takes place unconsciously.
When asked, we can readily speak to how we’re the true sons of God – eternally loved and empowered to accomplish all the good things he has given us.
But our daily practice often doesn’t live out this truth. There’s a disconnect and internal war between what we know is true and the lies we still believe.
And bridging this gap takes much more than flipping a switch. It takes putting truth into practice everyday.
How would we live if we were fully convinced God was with us – empowering us to accomplish more than we can imagine, while also showering us with his abundant grace?
What bold risk would we take if we practiced this truth?
This is showing up and practicing a bold and naked faith even when we’re still afraid and want to hide.
We’re not fully convinced yet. But we’re going to practice as if we are.
This allows us to growth in the truth and eventually live free from the lies.
Practice living in the truth everyday, even when doubts remain.