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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: When the truth hurts
By Ma. Hannah Sanchez
09/01/08


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A few weeks ago one of my new coworkers asks me regarding certain issues in life. As our small chat becomes more serious I began to see a picture of what he really is happening in his life. His story is one of a simple but complex. I admit that I canít fully understand what he is going through and that I may not be the best person to help him. None the less, all he wants is for to listen to him. Unfortunately for both of us, listening is not something Iím really good at. Praise God for giving me the patience to shut my mouth and listen.

He soon admitted that he really was disappointed with the fact that he is still very idle in the office. However, this is something that canít be avoided. Since he is a new employee fresh from college, he still needs to learn a lot. His office teachers however, were still very busy. I understand that part of his problem for I too went through it. What bewilders me was his hope of getting busy so that he can stop thinking of a recent problem that causes him pain and confusion. A part of me agrees with him while a part of me feels sad for him.

Personally, I think that a person should not succumb to his or her problems. That person should find things to focus his or her attention apart from the problem. Yet, the person should also learn to face the problem and at times acknowledge the deep hurts that was cause by the problem. However, my friend was trying to run away from the problem by trying to be busy. This plan failed and now he has to sit in his cubicle and try to make himself busy. I look at his face and I realize he is not alone in his struggle. Many people are in the same situation and I too have made the same mistake.

When the truth hurts, it is easier to run away from it. I guess there are many instances when people become more daring with their lives by exploring so many activities at the same time. Yet never did they try to explore the core of the problem and the reason why it is a problem and why it hurts. There are also instances in my life when I try to pretend that is really there and only to be slap at it later. The longer I try to deny it the more pain I end up experiencing later. Iím not saying that a hurting person should get stuck at home and wallow in self pity. What Iím trying to say that the person should give his or herself the time to mourn and think. More importantly, a hurting person should give time to be still before God. Both Psalm 37:7 and Psalm 46:10 speak of being still before God.

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 46:10
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 37:7 encourages us to wait patiently for him while the latter tells us why we should be still. The purpose is so that we can know who God. How do these 2 verses affect you?

Personally, I have never deeply thought about such things till I start writing this essay. Now, I am beginning to appreciate the beauty of Godís love. I realize that because of sin this world will always be facing a lot of problems and heartaches. Yet, God made something good out of this situation. When problems and pain come our way a golden opportunity to Know God, His goodness and power is with it. This may seem foolishness to the world but this is of eternal value. When truth hurts, itís okay to turn our attention to things that will distract us from the pain. It is better to explore why it hurts. It is best to be still before God. I dare you to choose the best option. God bless.


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LauraLee Shaw09/04/08
Great points tucked in this essay. Good job.