I promise we’ll get to the happier part of this journey soon. I’m so grateful you’re sticking with me. Today we’re going to identify some of the lies we believe that lead us down the path of jealousy, and then for the next few days we’re going to go back to Scripture and fill our minds with truth.
It starts as slowly. Like a tiny little hole in the roof of your house. Not a big deal, right? Sure a drop of rain might find it’s way into your attic, but with one small hole, how much damage can really be done? Then the hole gets a little bit bigger. And another storm comes through, adding pressure and more rain and more stress to the weak spot. A little more water comes into your home, still hiding out in the upper levels where you don’t really see it. So you keep going along with life, assuming everything is fine. Surely some sunshine and good days ahead will fix everything. But with each rain, each moment of added stress to the weakening area of your roof, the hole gets bigger. More water comes in, more damage is done. And suddenly you realize your home is flooding. Boards are rotting and walls need repaired. Your roof needs patched to make it whole again, to keep everything inside safe and secure.
Lies do that to our hearts and minds. One little lie that we believe creates a hole, a weak spot, to the most important parts of our hearts. For me it usually starts with “I must not be good enough.” So I walk around with that lie poking a hole in my heart. Instead of repairing it when it’s small, I ignore it. I assume it will go away. But the next time the pressure builds up, I feel stressed out, tired, overwhelmed, and start paying more attention to what everyone else is doing, that hole gets a little bigger. A new lie sneaks in. Maybe now it’s “I’ll never be invited.” Or “Someone else can do it better than I can.” Or “I’ll never belong.”
Before I know it, that tiny lie that created a tiny hole was suddenly causing a lot of damage. And instead of being able to handle the added pressure and storms of life with grace, my responses are rotten and envious. Just like a leaky roof, allowing lies to leak into our hearts and minds starts rotting away the very foundations of who we are, and who God created us to be. Fortunately for us, we were built by a master craftsman who knows exactly how to repair the damage – the right way. Not with bandaids or new lumber, but with Truth.
- What lies have you been believing lately?
- What are the signs that you have some heart-damage that needs repaired?
- Are you willing to allow God to heal the holes?