At the time I (Bill) was writing 7 Simple Skills for Every Man, I had…
I just put Caleb on a plane to go back to college in the Midwest. He was out visiting for two weeks and it was one of his priorities to spend at least one day at the beach. It was overcast most of the time he was here so when the sun came out on Wednesday, he headed west. He played Frisbee, swam in the surf, and fell asleep in the sun! Living in the Midwest did nothing to get his skin in shape for the UV rays of the San Diego beach. He came home with a prominent sunburn and verbally lamented the results of his fun in the sun. It was painfully uncomfortable and personally disruptive.
As I read John 8 this morning, I realized that truth has the same effect on people. “Jesus spoke again to the people, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (v. 12) For people who are used to the truth and have their lives conditioned to live it out, it is a welcome sight. For others who have been avoiding the truth or trying to explain it away, the light of truth is uncomfortable as it exposes us and our self-centered motives.
The truth today (Memorial Day) is that it has taken the sacrifice of many people to give us the life we enjoy. Jesus died to secure eternal salvation for us by paying the price we owed for our sin. Soldiers throughout our history have died to secure the freedoms we depend upon and yet take for granted.
I decided today that I want to recommit myself to the truths of life:
• We have all been created in the image of God and, therefore, have great value.
• We are all imperfect and have missed the mark in life. As a result, we all need a savior.
• Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life. No one gets to the Father except through him.”
• Salvation is a free gift that is given to all who trust in the death of Christ to pay the penalty for their shortcomings.
• On our own, we will never fully understand life. We need God’s revelation to know what is true.
• The Bible is the inspired (God-breathed) word of God. It is the truth God delivered to us to help us make sense of everything else we discover.
• Greatness comes from serving others.
• Jesus always speaks the truth so whatever He says can be counted on. In contrast, men are always trying to redefine life to suit their desires.
• My family is the most important investment in my life. My marriage projects what I believe about the relationship between Jesus and the Church. My kids and grandkids are the best evaluators of what I say I believe.
• God has a purpose for my life and is willing to share it with me as I keep my heart soft.
• Everyone needs to know how to forgive.
• God’s word and people will last forever and are worth spending time with.
I could go on. The point is that I want to embrace truth whether it is comfortable or not. I want to condition my life so that when the light of truth shines on my life, it does not burn. What uncomfortable truth would be useful for you this week?