Many of you tell lies! I know, because I used to do just that, and I must admit that at difficult times even now, I can re-run those lies in my head.
“I’m not worthy; I don’t belong.”
They are my lies, along with: “I’m unloved, unwanted, rejected, abandoned. I don’t belong here, and I never will.” You will have your own lies. Maybe they are similar to mine; maybe they are very different. I’ve heard some of them:
- I’m ugly;
- I’m too fat;
- I’m a failure;
- I can’t do that, I’m not clever enough;
- I’m not good enough;
- nobody loves me;
- everybody hates me;
- nobody cares;
- it’s all my fault;
How far back into your childhood do you have to go to uncover the lies you tell yourself today? I was three days old when I was adopted against my natural mother’s wishes. I was brought up in an environment of deceit, and I grew up believing myself to be that “dirty little secret” – the black sheep – of the family. I was rejected and abandoned; unloved and unwanted.
It was all lies!
I know that now, but I didn’t know it as I grew up – it took almost 50 years! Fifty years of believing the lies that I told myself every day! And, boy, did that mess me up!
But it doesn’t have to be that way. I don’t know where you are today; I don’t know what lies you will tell yourself today; but I do know that there is a different truth out there. And I do know that if you discover that truth, then your life can be so much better. There is hope! There is hope of a better life.
That’s partly why we put together the booklet, “A Little Bit of Hope!” In order to make a real difference in people’s lives and in the community you live; in order to make a difference in your life. You see, when you tell yourself that you’re no good, that you’re a failure, that nobody loves you – you’re lying – and when you realise that, it makes a difference. When you really get to know that, and believe that beyond doubt, it can make a real difference in your life.
For me, it took God!
I don’t know if you have a faith, or believe in God; but for me, it took God to reach down and teach me a thing or two about myself. You see, in the deepest, darkest depths of your despair, there’s only you and God. When all the counsellors and the therapists have done their duty, and left you feeling just the same as you did before – and sometimes worse – you’re all alone, with God. Believe it or not, He is always there – wherever you are, and however you are.
Only He knows the truth about you – and He loves you, whatever mess you have made of your life. Believe me, I know! He knows the truth, and He can begin to teach you the truth about yourself. Isn’t it time you begin to hear the truth? If not today, right now, when is it a good time to start learning the truth?
What lies did you tell yourself today?