“When you are impeccable with your word, your entire life improves in every direction.”
~Don Miguel Ruiz, The Voice of Knowledge, 2004, p. 129.
What lies are we, by the way we are living our lives, propagating and therefore cursing ourselves and others with?
This is the grand question of life that, when answered honestly and with effect, frees us to live the life Jesus came to give—the eternal life, now.
Truth must be the by-word of our lives—to every aspect. Where it isn’t we’re shackled to our ‘blind faith,’ as Ruiz puts it, and this can only lead to outcomes creating and continuing our own misery.
Put another way, when we live the lies of blind faith—which is a trap in terms of the aspects of truth-to-life—we enfold upon ourselves ironies beyond our present sense and logic; we confound ourselves and life only gets more chaotic and nonsensical. Denial is but one broad manifestation of this.
Of course, Jesus said in John 8:32 that the truth will set us free—this freedom is to the extension of our contentment about life; again, as I’ve mentioned recently elsewhere, where we take seriously all our responsibilities we afford ourselves the God-blessed freedom that anyone can have.
Let’s consider the issue of ‘responsibility accepted leading to contentment’ as a large drop in the centre of a pond. As those ripples venture outward with a positive flow in all directions, so does the extension of our freedom and hopefulness—equally so, in many directions and areas of life.
We stand gleefully with the truth and this defeats any semblance of the devil’s fear in us. We learn there really is nothing to fear but God himself—and in this way via our disobedience to him or our choice to not trust him.
Any time we fear not abiding to the truth is a good, positive and motivating fear that protects us from harm. It ensures we’re not buried in procrastination or arrogance against a world that can readily sting us in our abrogating pride.
And the basis of truth is that its fear is based fundamentally in love. Love underpins it. It’s the fear of ‘warning,’ concerned with wellbeing rather than falsity.
When we’re impeccable in word and intent we really have nothing to fear. God frees our arms to act for him in this world that so desperately needs more coalitions with truth.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.