We’ve heard it for years – “the truth will set you free.” After all, Jesus said it (Jn 8:32). Right? We spend a lot of time in healing ministry identifying the lies we believe. And it’s true. Lies are lethal.
The TRUTH Will Set You Free
But what if the problem isn’t the lie? What if the problem is the truth?
Let me give an example. For as long as I can remember, I knew that I was unplanned, unwanted, and the wrong sex. My parents made no bones about the fact that they had gotten pregnant before they wanted to, and if they had to have a baby, it had better be a boy. The fact that I had the gall to be born a girl colored the way they raised me. That “truth” colored my self-image well into my 50s. I felt that I would never be good enough to even deserve to breathe air, much less accomplish much with my life. In ministry we looked for the lies, but my problem was the truth.
Healing came when I finally understood that while my history was “true,” God’s word was TRUE. God said that I was fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). He knit me together in my mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13), and if he did that, he surely knew I would be a girl. God’s word said that He chose me before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). And He created me for good works that he prepared beforehand for me (Eph. 2:10). When I was able to absorb and then believe this TRUTH, I began to heal. The more I believed it, the more I healed. And before long, the TRUTH had set me free.
What “truth” do you need to replace with TRUTH in order to be set free?
The Second-Half Adventure: Rethink Your Retirement!
Do you believe in retirement? I don’t. After all, who said that after age 65, all we’re good for is golf and luncheons? Retirement seems to be an American concept – perhaps a 20th century American concept. And yet, it seems to be a given for many Boomers these days.
My friend, Kay Marshall Strom, offers an alternative in The Second-Half Adventure: Don’t Just Retire-Use Your Time, Skills, and Resources to Change the World. In cooperation with Finishers.org, Strom asks, “What if your work-for-hire years have simply been prep time for the most important part of your adulthood? What if the next ten or fifteen or twenty or thirty years is what you were really made for? What if your second half turns out to be your opportunity to throw all your accumulated skills and training and education and life experiences and financial resources behind a new and exciting kingdom opportunity?”
In a short book filled with stories of people who have made the leap, Strom calls Finishers.org, which matches volunteers with both domestic and international needs, the “e-Harmony of missions work.” The book offers a chapter on evaluating your skills and needs and another on confronting your barriers. If you’re approaching retirement age, you’ll appreciate the insights in this book.