Declaring Chapter 11

My Pastor says something quite often.  "You are only as sick as your secrets." He first used that phrase to illustrate a parenting point to me.  I then used it on my kids, encouraging them to be honest about stuff.  They haven't gotten it yet.  Who am I kidding, it took forever for me to get it.  Each time I hear this phrase, it's beneficial for me.  Why?  Because I have a short-term-memory-loss.  I remember the words, but I need a reminder of their impact in my life. You know...1 John 1:5-10 describes it well.

Seth Godin gets this too, he just calls it something else.  "Declaring bankruptcy, Chapter 11 style."

When we walk in the light, we give up the impossibility of "sin management".  We give up control.  We walk in freedom, openness, honesty, truthfulness.  People will appreciate you more, and see that you are seeking authenticity in life.  People love that.  They might not know what makes you different, but they can sure sense it.

In addition, 1 John says that the chief benefit of living like this, is:  "..He will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness."  Sounds pretty good.

"Sin Management" will make you sick, it will destroy you.  You are only as sick as your secrets.

There is such freedom when you "Declare Chapter 11" in your life.  What are you waiting for?