It seems so obvious, right? Tell the truth, of course. Don’t you read your bible? Lying is a sin! And yet…
There is a sinful attitude that I have noticed that is very prevalent in the area in which I live. OK, so maybe it’s everywhere, but I never saw it when I was a kid, maybe because as a kid I was completely blind to how adults function. But I digress. This attitude is seen when someone is clearly going through a difficult time and when asked, they respond “I am fine. Everything is fine.” Around here, this is seen as virtuous. “Oh, wow…she never complains about a single thing!”. However, being the inquisitive, and rather rude person that I am, I often want to ask them “Are you lying or just simply insane?” Because everything is not fine, even an idiot could see that. Why do we seldom speak the truth when we are in difficult situations?
Because we are so full of pride. Pride. I mean who wants to admit that we have been put in a situation where our faults ooze out every crack of our being? That suddenly, we are so aware of the fact that we are not “there” yet, that if we were to utter more than two short little sentences (I am fine. Everything is fine.) we would collapse into a messy pile of flesh. No, it’s much better to smile when people ask and give them assurance that we need no one and nothing is too hard for us.
That’s right. Go ahead, steal God’s glory.
What?!? Yep, it’s by far easier to fake it, than admit that we are only existing by the sheer grace of God. When does God get glory in our life? When we suffer and yet praise Him. Therefore I ask, can He get glory if we don’t admit that we suffer?