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Speak up

November 12, 2012

“I’ve always been afraid that people would think I’m horrible if they knew about my sin.”

Yesterday my friend got on stage and shared his “biggest sin” with more than a hundred men at a Men’s Retreat. I think he was a little nervous. Who wouldn’t be?

His sin lead to a big, public failure that left many broken relationships in its wake. Feeling “finished” and disillusioned, he moved from the East Coast to the West Coast to “start over”.

Fifteen years later, he has rekindled his relationship with God and yesterday he decided to “go public” about his past sin/failure.

After he shared yesterday, I asked my friend, “How do you feel now?” He said, “I’ve always been afraid that people would think I’m horrible if they knew about my sin.” I could hear his chains falling and sense his healing taking place.

Needless to say, my friend’s authenticity encouraged a bunch of men and God was honored.

If you’re honest, you’re resistant to tell someone about your struggle because you’re afraid of what they’ll think. Let me encourage you to go deep with someone you can trust. Neither of you will have to ever carry your struggles alone.

Satan loves secrets. God encourages transparency.

Your freedom and healing are waiting. Develop a relationship(s) that allows you to speak up.

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