Tuesday night, Linden and I posed as Missouri State students and attended the SAC-sponsored PostSecret lecture by Frank Warren, PostSecret creator. Warren spoke to us about how his weekly PostSecret system works and how the project started three years ago. We also got to see “secret secrets” that haven’t been published in the PostSecret books for one reason or another.
Let’s get to the meat of this post. For me, this PostSecret lecture did more harm than good. Why? Afterward, Linden and I were chatting about the postcards we saw and about our own secrets—turns out I’m terrible at keeping secrets, and I told her a few of my silly ones that had I put them on a postcard they might have made it on the PS web site.
That’s where the problem started. I started looking at myself and my secrets, focusing on quirky things I do and stupid things other people do that annoy me. Then, because some of my secrets are about other people, I started getting mad at those people just because I had a secret about them!
Now, I’m not a master logician, but that doesn’t add up at all, especially in light of scripture. The Bible says, “We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor. 4:2).
The Bible also says that God knows the secrets of our hearts (Ps. 44:21), that he will silence those who slander their neighbors (Ps. 105:5), and that God will lay bare the secrets of our hearts (1 Cor. 14:25).
By allowing the secrets of my heart to fester, other bad fruit started to spring forth: anger, resentment, jealousy, to name a few. And that was just within an hour of the lecture! Just imagine what would have happened to me (and my loved ones) if I’d allowed that sin to continue for days or months or years! It was only after getting back into God’s Word and letting God slap me around that I realized how wrong my attitudes were. After confessing my sin, I was finally able to give my secrets over to God and let them go.
Here’s a thought: instead of sending our secrets off to a stranger in Maryland, let’s give them to God instead!
“as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” — 1 Cor. 14:25
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