Do you tend to be trusting or suspicious of people? Do you assume the best or worst about people? How do you respond when what people promise is different from what people deliver? How do you respond to those gaps? One of the Bible’s most famous verses states that “love always trusts.” Always??!! Really??!! What do I do with all my suspicions?
The concept of “confession” conjures images of a veiled priest sitting in a confession booth ready to absolve you of your sins. Protestants have it a little easier; they can go directly to God and ask for forgiveness without involving a middleman. Regardless of the religious system, the outcome tends to be the same - a relieved conscience. However, “confession” doesn’t necessarily result in life-change. What happens if “confession” simply provides a license to sin again?
Holding a grudge is a guilty pleasure. We all love to think about how we would have just the right words to say at just the right time to make our enemies feel small in front of all the right people. But what if holding a grudge is more sinister than we think? What if the grudge is less about the other person and more about us? What if there is a better way to handle these kinds of situations?
Your doctor can prescribe you the best medicine, but it does no good if you don’t take it. You can own the top-rated running shoes, but they do nothing if you don’t exercise. You can gather all the nutritional information regarding the foods you eat, but it does no good if you don’t adjust your diet. Application is the only thing that makes a difference.
There is something in us, especially men, that drifts toward isolation, independence, and autonomy. In many ways, we see it as a life goal, but if we attain it, it has the potential to destroy everything we love and hope for the most.