40 Days to Lasting Change Day 17
Turn Off Denial
Here I am starving to death! Luke 15:17
Denial is turning off the black light in an effort to make the stains disappear. You pretend everything is okay even though everything is not okay. Sigmund Freud defined denial this way: a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept, so they reject it despite overwhelming evidence. (Idleman, Kyle. 40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge (p. 115). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.)
Life is too short to be afraid of the truth. In fact, we can’t walk in love and not live in the truth. Love and truth go hand in hand. Where love and truth work together there may be nothing we can’t overcome. The prodigal son had to find the truth through brutal honesty if he was to escape the dirt of his dilemma. Jesus said that if we are His disciples we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. If we want to live free we must face the darkness in our lives being brave enough or hungry enough to turn on the light. We can. Jesus is with us. No more running away but rather running into the Father’s arms.