Bitter Sweet Truth

4 Mar

How old were you when you found out that there was no tooth fairy? Or were you one of the smart ones that caught mom in the middle of the exchange? The realization of this truth (that the tooth fairy isn’t real) is a bit bittersweet.

Bitter because who is going to bring you your two dollars now?

Sweet for mom because she’s now off the hook for the $2.  (She can buy half a starbucks now)

It’s also sweet because knowing this truth could save you from the embarrassment of not knowing this truth.

It’s bitter because now your teeth have no real worth, except for the entertainment value of inspecting the object that’s been lodged in your gum line for 6 years.

And on and on we could go.  This truth has so many implications. Knowledge of this truth really changes a lot when it comes to teeth and your piggy bank.   But let’s face it: we’re talking about the tooth fairy.

Although truth doesn’t have a size, couldn’t we say that certain truths have a larger ramification than others.

The death of the tooth fairy wasn’t very revolutionary to my life.

The death of my grandpa was.

These are both truths I had to face. Both on opposite ends of the spectrum.  They had one thing in common: they were both true.  I had to come to the knowledge that the tooth fairy never existed, and that “Pipa” was gone from this earth.

It’s important to note that knowing something is true and knowing something isn’t true are both a form of the truth.

But isn’t it more than just knowing?  John 8:32 says “and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

That word “know” in the original manuscripts is “ginosko”.  It’s the same word used to describe sex.  Matthew 1:25 is just one example.

So that paints the picture of becoming pretty well acquainted with truth.

Some of us know truth, but we’ve never embraced it.  We’ve never “slept” with it. We keep it in the friend zone so we can admire how sweet it looks, but be sure to avoid the pain sometimes accompanying it.

What does that mean?  It either means we don’t believe John 8:32 or we’re content with not being free.

That’s a tragedy.

For some of us, sleeping with the truth means we need to confess some sin.  Not just to God, but to others. (James 5:16)  Yes.  It will be bittersweet, but it will end in freedom.

For some of us, embracing truth means we need to stop being people we are not.

We need to remember the past instead of forgetting.

We need to tell people how we feel.

Acknowledge our shortcomings.

Acknowledge our gifts.

In John 4 Jesus confronts a woman with truth she’s known but never wrestled with: The fact that she’s had 5 husbands. Talk about a bitter memory.

Her confrontation ended in freedom.

Embrace truth as something that ends in freedom.  It will be bitter.  It will be sweet.  You will be free.

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