Over the years I have asked the Lord to give me a word to act as a “North Star” for my year. A word to guide me and lead me through. He has given me words like, overflow, dignity, family, Sabbath and follow. In the past, these words always had handles that I quickly grabbed hold of as a guide for the year. This year the Lord has given me a word that is painfully challenging and complex, but as important as air for a Roman Governor and me in my postmodern world.
My 2018 word is Truth!
Really God, TRUTH?
Not really feeling sure about the correct definition of truth, I turned to my faithful friend, Google, with the question, “What is truth?” As always, Google answered with 1,000s of links to philosophy, theology and psychology sites. All with their understanding of truth and its value in the human life. So, of course, I clicked on the most trusted site on the web, Wikipedia.
Here is what Wiki has to say:
“Aletheia (Ancient Greek: ἀλήθεια) is truth or disclosure in philosophy…… It is a Greek word variously translated as ‘unclosedness’, ‘unconcealedness’, "disclosure" or "truth". The literal meaning of the word ἀ–λήθεια is "the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident."
Now, with all my Brene Brown reading and listening, this definition gave me some handles. To live as truth means to live vulnerability. It means I just need to show up and be seen, even with my wounds hanging out. It means some people will turn away in disgust, but others will be drawn into authentic relationship. It means that in order to become the truth I need to diligently keep my eyes only on the Truth (Jesus).
I’m pretty sure that with Truth as my ‘North Star” or guide, 2018 will be an exciting ride.
What word has the Lord given you for this year?