Oh my, when you get to know me a bit better you are going to know with all certainty that I do not like the “b” word. I realize there are worse words than this however it’s just one of those words I try to make sweeter by saying bottom or tushy or…I know, I know lets just get to the story.
Sitting in the hospital waiting on my daughter to come out of an unexpected surgical procedure I was exposed to something that didn’t really harm me but impacted me just the same.
Nibbling on tuna on rye, I had just sat down when I happened to look up and right in my line of sight was an older fella leaning on the counter. T-shirt crawled up his back, jeans more than creeping downward, how he wasn’t feeling a breeze I just don’t know. How the pants were hanging on, not sure about that either! Yikes…I diverted my eyes quickly, damage done. I just couldn’t shake it. Disturbed state of mind 1, tuna sandwich 0.
My point here is not to belittle a man who obviously was not bothered by this. To rectify this for myself all I had to do was change my seating direction. No harm really done.
What I recognized in this moment, what it got me to thinking about was exposure.
Innocently or not so innocently we may choose to expose issues, aspects of our lives to others. In opening up our lives, our pains, our unpleasant sear-the-eyes-kinda-messes hoping to bring release, freedom, healing etc., etc. for ourselves, we sometimes, oblivious to this fact, open up the lives of and leave irreparable consequences for others.
Now hold on there! Am I suggesting we never open up or share about our problems, the issues that are holding us captive, keeping us hindered, shackled, isolated from the rest of humanity? Absolutely Not!
This is exactly what Rebelogix is about. Opening up. Seeking and seeing the truth about our lives and why we seem to be or stay trapped in attitudes, circumstances or what have you. We want to be empowered with all that God promises in scripture to live in freedom regardless of the daily challenges of life we may face. To navigate and deal with the relationships we have in all areas of our lives whether at home, work or play so to speak. The good and the bad.
What I am asking you to do, that I also must remember to do is consider those that are part of our stories. Who will be exposed with you? Is exposing them along with you absolutely vital to your healing? Are they ok with this and are they willing to walk this through with you? If not, are you willing and prepared to face what may come in criticism, scrutiny, turned backs, and possible backlash?
There are certainly those that need to be exposed as their actions could continue to be detrimental, dangerous, fatal even. There are those however that probably don’t even know like the “butt crack” guy that they are having an impact on our lives and it is up to us to “change our line of sight”. We must listen to the Holy Spirit, that voice inside that will direct us to do what is not only in our best interest but in the best interest of all concerned that as we heal and find the light and peace we long for in Jesus, we are not leaving others “exposed” unnecessarily.
I really wanted to go yank that fellas pants up and pull his shirt down but he seemed happy and ok, so who was I to impinge upon his happiness….
BTW my grandkids will be taking me to task for using the “b” word. Oh well, they’ll get over it. Blessings, Joy.