I used to be of the mindset that truth was a simple thing – that truth was not only always the best policy, but that sugarcoating it was for wussies. –That, if you couldn’t handle the blunt, raw truth…that it was YOUR problem. I believed that if everyone was just THAT honest, we’d all be a happier, simpler world.
Since then, I’ve learned differently.
Since then, I’ve learned that we all see truth in our own ways. What I believe to be true and what you believe to be true could be totally different. We experience things differently, and while certain things will remain consistent, there will be others that change depending on who you ask.
I’ve also learned that truth is much like water – it can heal or it can destroy, depending upon how it is delivered.
A cup of water gently delivered to someone tired and thirsty? Healing.
Water sprayed in their face? Not so much.
Water sprinkled on parched soil? Healing.
Water blasted by a firehose on fertile farmland? Not so much.
A warm bath to soak tired muscles? Healing.
Boiling water poured over same body…Not so much.
Truth, like water, can heal or it can destroy.
Delivered GENTLY and with love, it can heal. Sprayed in someone’s face and/or with anger, it can destroy.
There’s a time for honesty and there’s a time to simply listen. And, while I don’t advocate lies – I believe that in order to follow Jesus, our lives have to be “sugarcoated” in the Holy Spirit – in compassion, in love.
Your so called “honesty” is sometimes nothing more than a concealed deadly dagger perched and ready to pierce a soul.
Today, I hope you disarm yourself and take the time to “sugarcoat” your lives lest you learn this lesson the hard way. Like I have.
*EDIT: Coating things in kindness is something I believe we should all aspire to, however I do not believe you should look to me as your model. That’s not what this post is about. I, too, am imperfect and strive daily (and mess up just as much) to seek God’s face.
*EDIT: This post was NOT a response or post geared to any one person (or people). However, this blog is not a fictional one, and I did write about a TOPIC that has affected me and that I feel strongly about.