We all like good stuffs in our life. A nice phone, nice car, a nice holiday house… but what if something hurtful? Ah..no please!
Looking back 10 years ago, if you liked a particular song, you would buy the entire album from the artist just for this one particular song, although you didn’t like rest of the album.
Nowadays, things changed, if you like a particular song, you can just jump up on iTunes, click the “buy” button, then you will get the song without considering buying the whole album, and regardless how much effort the artist worked on making the entire album. (I am sure they worked very hard on their music!)
The point I wanna get to is:people prefer to receive what sounds nice to them in life, but most of the time ignoring the truth part. If an album represents “truth” in our life, the song you liked the most was a good part you wanna hear (buy), the rest of the “truth” just been thrown away, not recognised, or avoided.
But sometimes, what you received from others might sound good, but it might not be the truth at all. Just look around the false religions people followed, the idol they worshiped, drinking at night clubs… does such things really solve their life problem? Or they are just avoiding the part of life which they don’t want to go deal with?
So do we have to deal with the sad part of our life? if so, how can we do it? The fact is when we face bad news from others about ourselves, most of the time we reacted very emotionally, and hitting them back harshly without thinking through. Most of the time, you will say: “why do I need you to tell me to do such things? That’s who I am, if you don’t like it, go away. I will do it in my way…Don’t block the path of my life.”
Let’s change the angle to see problems, say, same bad news you received from your friend about something you need to work on, you received from your doctor, will you give thanksgiving to the doctor instead of beating him harshly? Or would you rather prefer to ask your doctor to lie to you, and say something nice to you which makes you happy for a wee moment? You would like to hear the truth, right? Why? Because its good for improving your health, then what about your spiritual health?
As a Christian, I used to read the good part of Bible only, and pondering on the nice passages which can encourage me through the rest of my life. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for my life, it won’t work for your life, too. There are so many bad news in the Bible which we need to take on (read Jeremiah to find out more!) and apply into our life. If you are a new Christian, I just wanna say “mate, your honeymoon gotta be finished very soon, get ready for yourself!”
Living in a big share house community (like I did before with boys), you will find lots challenges around. People might come to you, and telling you the truth which you don’t wanna hear, but please consider it’s good for your spiritual health.