The Truth Is Enough

The basic motivation for writing “The Truth Is” was the fact that I had a song called “The Lie” and so I wanted a song about the Truth. I wrote a couple of other songs (here’s one) that just weren’t quite “it” for me. So what did I want to say about the Truth?
First, most of us try to hide the whole truth about who we really are. We do it because we’re afraid we won’t be accepted, if people really knew. I know that girl. I’ve been her.
Like a flower on the wall,
in the shadows feeling so small
Tell me why you hide away;
Tell me, why are you so afraid?

If you’ve been that girl (or guy) and you’ve found the courage to show others who you really are, you know that it’s not at all like you think it will be, when you used to live in fear. I wanted to use “the truth” in a new way for a deeper meaning here. What’s so good to know is that Jesus (the Way, the Truth, and the Life) can handle my honesty, too. I don’t have to put on airs with Him. He already knows exactly who I am, and He loves me at my worst.
The truth is, it doesn’t have to be so hard.
The Truth knows exactly who you are.
When you give up the masquerade,
Step into the light; you can show your face
And you’ll find love -- The truth is enough

Romans 5:8 says “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
OK, so in verse 2 I’m talking to my former self again. For me, I accepted God’s love early on but found it harder to open up to people. I was nice to them, but I kept everyone at arms’ length. Fear said they wouldn’t accept me, and so I would feel rejected and alone – but by keeping everyone out, I already felt that way. So what was there to lose, really?
You say you want to be alone;
You never let anyone close
Tell me what you’re tryin’ to prove –
Tell me what have you got to lose?

And I remember questioning my purpose, and at the same time not really sure I wanted the answer (what if I didn’t have one?) – I trust that I’m not alone in having felt this:
We all search for answers
we’re not sure we want to find:
Why on earth am I here?
What is the meaning of life?
And if I open up my heart, will it be alright?

Romans 9:20 has always spoken to me in those moments where I have found myself asking such questions. In context, perhaps that’s not really what this verse is about. But it’s meaningful to me and certainly not opposed to the message of the whole book. It says: “But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”
The truth is, at the very beginning of the story (Genesis 1), God said everything He made was good. That includes me and you. If you’ve been hiding in the shadows, afraid of the light of Truth, step out and embrace the love you find. The truth is enough.

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