Honesty Is The Best Policy

So let’s be honest. Sometimes, life sucks. Things don’t always go the way we want them to or the way we think they should. Sometimes, that’s our fault but sometimes, there seems to be no rhyme or reason why things fall apart. We did everything we knew how: we prayed, we worked hard. And at the end of the day, crap still hit the fan. So what do we do now?

In the Christian world, when life goes sideways, there’s the expectation that you should just grin and bear it. When you don’t get into your major, you’re not supposed to be upset. You’re supposed to tweet Romans 8:28 and say, “I know the Lord has great plans.” When people hurt you, you’re not supposed to feel it. Instead, you’re supposed to post a Facebook status about how Jesus is the only friend you need. Now I’m not saying that Romans 8:28 isn’t a great piece of biblical truth or that Jesus isn’t adequate for all your needs. What I’m saying is that hiding behind platitudes while ignoring the deeper issues in your life isn’t healthy.

Did y’all know that you can tell God exactly how you feel and he won’t get mad? Did you know that God actually wants to know how you feel? I feel like the only time we talk to God about our feelings is when we’re happy. We thank him for all the blessings he’s given us and ask for more. But when life isn’t going so hot, we tend to shy away from God. And I think that’s the time we need to be the most honest with God

“But Zach, God is omniscient so he already knows how I feel.” Yes, but he still wants us to talk to him. It’s not for God’s benefit that he wants us to talk to him. It’s for ours. So when crap hits the fan, don’t internalize it. Talk to God about it. Tell him you’re frustrated. Tell him you’re pissed. It’s not like he doesn’t already know. Laying your cards on the table and being honest with God and yourself is the first step to dealing with the curveballs that life throws at you.

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