Isaiah 59:14 – So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
Honesty. It’s a rare quality in our world today. People lie and cheat believing that no one will catch on. After all, it’s so easy to avoid the truth; to be something that you aren’t. And who will know if you’re not honest? What might seem strange to you, though, is that being honest doesn’t just apply to the workplace or to cheating on a spouse. Dishonesty can also apply to those in emotional pain. It’s easier to keep closed up and put on a fake smile. You just pull out a mask and put it on; never letting the world see the real you. Why would you do that? It’s about not wanting to be hurt again. You’ve tried that before, being honest about a mental illness and then being torn to shreds with the other person oblivious to the damage they’re doing. They just don’t want to deal with it. They don’t like the “touchy feely” conversations. Honesty is important not just to the other person in a relationship. It’s important to be honest with yourself. Whether it’s about a mental illness, or something in your relationships, though honesty may be difficult, it’s worth striving towards. Your emotional well-being will have a chance to grow and bloom if you do. And that’s what God created you to do – to flourish and become a flower in his garden of honesty and strength.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.