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Jason April 5, 2017 at 11:15 am

Jack, thanks. For me, this is hitting close to home. I’m reaching the end of a terrible divorce. In the process, I found out that my son was not mine. I’ve raised him for 15 years. My future ex wife has moved his biological father into the picture within a day or so of making me move out of the house (meaning she was in touch with him and had been planning everything). I’ve been in the process of losing everything I own. I have a daughter with this woman, and my daughter lives with me every other week. Of course, about a year ago when this all began I started going to a psychologist. He helped me for a while, but it was just to take the edge off of my emotions while my life was crashing down all around me. Somehow, in this process, I remembered what Jesus said about following his instructions and building on the solid foundation. I find that as I sit in those sessions, I hear the Word within me more and more, and I seem to work it into our discussions. I don’t really think I need to go to my counselor anymore, and will soon seek to find a pastor or someone to counsel me using the Word of God. Let me give one example of how I know from my own experience that what you wrote is true: I have a girl friend (yes, I know–that is about to change) that I started seeing when I moved out (that part is a long story). Anyway, my counselor has been telling me lately not to break up with her–I’ve felt compelled to do so, and have changed my behavior radically toward her (and she can tell and it’s really upsetting her). I’ve described to him how she reacted when I told her that I wanted to go back to church–she went crazy and basically was angry because she didn’t see why she wasn’t enough for me–she insisted that we are smart people who do not need ‘myths’ to comfort us. He said, “well, she’s been a big support for you…” but from within me, I heard the Word about dark and light not being able to mix, and having no other gods…I’ve mentioned to the counselor that I’m trying to rebuild my life on a solid foundation, and I’ve talked about my renewed faith, but I think people like him think it’s just “healthy,” like taking vitamins or exercise. It’s supposed to be a part of a healthy lifestyle. They have a checklist: good diet, check; exercise, check; spiritual involvement, check…That church stuff, if they tolerate it at all, is at best something that is only there to provide comfort so we can sleep at night and never change anything about our lives. Anyway, this has gone on too long (sorry). I’m feeling compelled to witness to my counselor, to explain to him what Jesus has done for me, how I’m thankful that my life has collapsed, because it was a life built on a foundation of sand, and how the Spirit is making tangible changes to me (things about me are changing without my needing to make a crazy effort to reform, and it’s because I’m not the one doing it). I thank God that my life of comfortable lies has collapsed so that I may have a chance to live a life of truth through Christ. Thank you, brother, for this article.

Jack Wellman April 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

Thank you too Jason for the encouragement and no, it wasn’t too long. All your comments were important. When you wrote, “I thank God that my life of comfortable lies has collapsed so that I may have a chance to live a life of truth” that is just about as awesome a statement as I’ve read outside of the Bible. Spot on brother.

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