I was in the closet last week trying to get dressed for bible study. Translation: I wanted to look cute but comfy. Unfortunately, I have a hurt heel and can only wear sneakers or hiking sandals. Otherwise I choose to walk all day in pain. I finally settled that I could wear my cute-ish black flats, IF I first ran to the Mart of Wal to get a shoe insert. Once the shoe choice was complete I was now free to dress myself accordingly.
That is when I faced another, slightly deeper, challenge. Clothes. Having some unexpected weight gain this summer, currently 80% of my clothes are tight. I am in a season where I feel chubby most days. Although I've never been "skinny" but, I typically possess less of myself. Naturally, having "nothing to wear" I began to do what any mature woman would do. I threw a fit.
Why this morning?... Why can't I seem to make jeans, sneakers, and a t-shirt cute?.... Why can't I loose weight faster?.... Why can't I have more money to buy cute shoes with arch support?... On and on I dramatically went until this gem came stumbling out of my mouth... Why can't I just have one decent outfit that will hide me?
Whoa? What? Apparently I want to hide and not face the truth. Two thoughts immediately emerged from this complaint: 1.The self-insights from my closet are amazingly deeper than I expected and 2.Accepting truth is hard.
It seems as though I don't want to see truth. I want to dismiss it. Walk away like it isn't standing naked in my closet (and having a fit). But if I choose to walk away from truth, then it appears my only option left is to believe lies. Since truth is black and white, if you're avoiding, dismissing, running, or hiding from truth, then you're keeping company with lies.
I don't want lies. But neither do I want truth.
I don't think I get to invent a middle option.
So I am left with a choice.
It takes boldness and courage and humility to believe and accept truth. It isn't easy and it can be downright ugly at times. Occasionally there may even include some throwing of fits. But I believe that accepting truth will work better in the long run than compromising with lies. I believe lies will steer you wrong 100% of the time. But truth.... well truth can set you free. And that is a much better gift than cute clothes.