All of us struggle with something.
But many of us keep it secret.
Some of you struggle with over-spending.
Some of you struggle with pornography.
Some of you struggle with body image.
Some of you struggle with over (or under)-eating.
Some of you struggle with addiction.
Some of you struggle with gambling.
Some of you struggle with fidelity.
Some of you struggle with excessive worry.
Some of you struggle with harmful thoughts.
Some of you struggle with __________________.
I’m not here to judge or depress you.
I’m here to let you know that secrecy strangles.
When you struggle with something and keep it a secret—when you don’t tell another living soul—you feed the beast. It gets bigger, not smaller. When it comes to your struggles, secrecy strangles your freedom.
And it can strangle your joy too.
In 1 Chronicles 29:17 (NLT), David prays to God and says, “I know, my God, that you examine our hearts…” David knows that God sees what is inside our hearts.
So even though you might think you’re alone with your struggles, you’re not. God knows what’s going on. And I believe he wants you to be healthy and free.
One of the ways I think you can start to break the stranglehold is to tell it to someone you trust.
They don’t need to be a professional, have a leather couch, or know the perfect answer. But they need to be someone you trust, and someone who cares about you.
So reach out.
Sometimes your next best step toward greater health and freedom is easier than you think.
By Matthew Ruttan
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