Awareness, Mindful Recovery, Spirituality

The first step is honesty

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
~ 1 John 1:6, ESV ~

We convince ourselves that by shutting the door to the reality of our past experiences – we believe ourselves ready to begin a life of living honestly and with integrity. We forget that through our pride, dishonesty continues deep within our soul. It is this ember of dishonesty that keeps us living in our lies, prevents us from practicing truth, and keeps us meandering in darkness.

The first step in spiritual awakening, and healing, is authentic honesty. Without this principle pillar of truth, we are incapable of growing. It is not up to us to define our sense of truth. Honesty brings us to the edge of our false sense of self in order to accept the reality of our own past experiences. It humbles us to move toward surrendering ourselves, our will, and our very lives over to God.

True honesty, in facing who we truly are, is not something that feels good. It is quite painful. It is the pain of our new birth of becoming a true and authentic individual. Through our own painful rebirth, we are promised a deeper sense of integrity and receive peace from our true acceptance of fellowship with God.

Today, are you willing to surrender to the truth, accepting reality that presses for attention in your own life? Are you truly ready and committed to letting go of yourself in order to walk in truth and light?