The Search for Truth
in accordance with fact or reality
There is a clip in the movie "A Few Good Men, the actor Jack Nicholson who plays Colonel Nathan Jessup who is under investigation for "code red" issues this famous line:
"You can't handle the truth." ~ Colonel Nathan Jessup
His monologue is a rant where he justifies his action to have a Marine "hazed" which resulted in his death.
The most fascinating part of this movie is that each player in this drama has a different perspective of what actually happened at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The Colonel argued that it was a matter of "honor" defending the image of a Marine. Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Markinson decided the best path was to transfer the errant Marine to a different base. The soldiers involved in the hazing said they were just following orders. There was only one fact here: a Marine was dead.
What does this have to do with the "search for truth"?
The problem with "truth" in our culture is that people hold firmly to the belief that THEIR version of the truth is absolute truth.
The truth of the matter is that truth is "in accordance with fact or reality."
Beloveds, we spend too much time lying to ourselves!
Most of us do not do it intentionally or maliciously. We do it because we can't handle the reality or the facts. The truth with us, as it was with Colonel Jessup, is that some parts of humanity are very ugly. The truth of the matter is that some of us are doing the best we can to follow the rules. The fact of the matter is in all of our defending, justifying, and blaming we lose the "truth."
The truth is we kill our real selves - our Unique and God-created selves.
Your search for truth begins with the belief that you are ENOUGH. Our culture is toxic to this understanding. In author and researcher Brene Brown's ground-breaking book Daring Greatly, she walks us through a journey to braving the world to become our authentic selves.
The truth of the matter is that you are ENOUGH. You are, right now, everything that you were created to be. But you must believe that in your heart if you want to move past where you are today and embrace your better future.
Grab a pen and paper and answer the following questions:
What negative things have people spoken into my life?
Are those negative narratives what you want to believe about yourself?
What type of person do you really want to be?
What values do you want to fully embrace?
What obstacles are preventing you from believing you are ENOUGH?
What positive statements can you make about yourself that are in line with the values that you want to embrace and the type of person you really want to be?
What ONE THING can you start today that will move you closer to who you want to become?
Just like in the movie, getting to the truth will require a "trial" of sorts on your part. You have to "cross-examine" what you believe to be true in order to find what is "fact" and "reality."
Don't waste another minute on the negative chatter inside of your head. Commit today to find out the truth.
You are uniquely created by God, and there is NO ONE ELSE like you. Embrace that truth. Love Your Unique. Live Your Unique.
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