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September 13, 2012

If you don’t deal with your stuff, your stuff will eventually deal with you.

And in the meanwhile, it will probably also take a swipe at others.

The sad thing about all this is that the stuff you won’t deal with will cause you to assign blame.  And you will almost always get that part wrong.  You will either hold others responsible for something that wasn’t really their fault, or you will blame yourself for something that wasn’t your fault.  Either way, a time bomb of shame and anger begins to tick like Captain Hook’s crocodile friend.

Your body wasn’t made to handle that level of stress, you know.  Nor was your mind…or your emotions.  Eventually, one– or all– will crack.  And that bomb will detonate.  You will have a nuclear-level mess on your hands.

The damage and destruction will be further reaching than you realize.  Some things can be rebuilt.  Some can not.  The atmosphere will be toxic, laden with fallout that makes our emotional/physical/spiritual geiger counter tick to the same rhythm the bomb did.  It will settle into tiny nooks and crevasses you didn’t even know existed, contaminating every surface of every facet of your life…and the lives of those who are in relationship with you.

Those people will begin to pay for the stuff you wouldn’t deal with.  And as they do, the faint sound of ticking begins to build in their lives.  The cycle is rolling on.

Be honest with yourself for a moment.  The anger, the fear, the shame, the insecurity…you know it’s there, but you keep stuffing it, thinking it’s private…that nobody else is affected.  But that is not true.  It ticks.  And people around you move to its rhythm, whether they are aware of it or not.  Just as you move to the rhythm of their ticking.

Jesus came to defuse the bombs.  He came to clean up the fallout zones.  He came to restore Eden within us, and walk with us there in spite of the crazy world that exists on the outside of us.

But first you have to show Him your owies.  You have to admit they are there and let Him see…let Him touch.  He’s not angry that you have them.  He’s not angry about your messiness or that incessant ticking.  But He does want you to get real with Him about it so that you can deal with your stuff together.  He’s really good at it.  Really, really good.  And though sometimes it is painful to deal with your stuff, it’s never as painful as the result of not dealing with it.  Besides, you won’t have to do it alone.  He will be there every step of the way.

Imagine how peaceful your life would be without that ticking…

One Comment leave one →
  1. lanavaughan permalink
    September 13, 2012 9:55 am

    I needed that this morning. Thanks.

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