I own a small, bagless floor vaccuum.
It works, but it is not very powerful.
Let me emphasize the fact, however, that it WORKS.
This past Saturday morning, I went to some local garage sales.
It’s fun for me to browse through the menagerie of items priced to sell fast.
As I walked up the driveway of a particular sale, I came upon a vaccuum cleaner, standing stately in the sun.
Briefly considering an inexpensive upgrade, I inquired about its condition.
"Does it work?" I asked the lady tending to the sales.
"Sort of," came the reply.
"The motor started to spark on me and my husband removed the electric cord."
I quickly glanced at the little stub where the power cord had once connected.
Not really wanting to carry on a conversation about an item I no longer had any interest in, I soon wandered to the next spot.
Why did this woman tell me that the vaccuum "sort of" worked when its motor had dangerously malfunctioned and its power source had been surgically removed?
What way was it working?
She told me the truth about it, but she prefaced it with hopeful—and perhaps, misleading— words.
How often do we do that in other areas of our lives?
"How’s your new job going?"
"Oh, it’s all right, I guess."
"How’s the family?"
"We’re making it."
"Is your relationship working?"
"We’re taking it one day at a time."
Exactly what does, "all right," "making it," and "one day at a time" mean?
I suspect they belong in the same category as "sort of."
It’s hard to be honest with ourselves and even harder to be honest with others about some difficult situations in our lives, but if the vaccuum cleaner is sitting in the driveway, someone is bound to ask.
It’s hard to hide career disappointments or family and relationship struggles.
Although we do not have to tell everyone our problems, it is wise to choose a trusted friend, pastor or counselor to share with, once we have become honest with ourselves.
If we are still telling ourselves that an area of our lives is still working even when the motor is sparking and the cord is cut, we are only lying to our own hearts.
It’s time to be……. truthful.
You want me to be completely truthful,
so teach me wisdom.