I wanted to share with you my thoughts on something I’ve been hearing a lot of lately. Like a lot of other millennial moms, I’m a part of some motherhood groups on social media, as well as just my normal followings, including, but not limited to, some successful and inspirational women. I’ve been reading their messages of empowerment, courage and the need to celebrate individuality a lot lately, and along with that comes a saying that I have heard repeated many times, almost like a battle cry:
“Speak Your Truth.”
At first, I’m reading along and thinking “yeah, that’s awesome! Individuality is so important; make sure you are speaking your truth and not letting others blot you out or make you feel you have to conform to some unattainable version of reality; don’t be cookie cutter; don’t be afraid to be yourself!” I’ve struggled with that for years, and so at first, the saying was really catchy for me.
But the more I thought about it, and the more times I read it in context, the more it just didn’t sit right with my spirit.
Speak YOUR truth.
That is a dangerous and slippery slope, y’all. Because you know what? As believers, our truth should be coming from the One who said He IS the “way, the truth and the life” and should not be a product of our own thoughts, emotions or judgement (John 14:6).
When I look at the world today, it is so convoluted even compared to how I experienced things 15 years ago — now up can be down if you say so, or right becomes wrong because someone else’s “truth” conflicts with your own. Our world is in such a dither because so many people are “speaking their truth” that it seems like anything goes. I don’t know about you, but its very sobering to me to be thinking of explaining this world to my baby girl as she grows. The absence of an established “right” and “wrong” is making the lines so blurry to our young ones that it is no wonder they often cross them.
We need a universal guide as to what truth is, not 7 billion different versions of it.
As followers of Christ, our truth should be rooted in and based on the Bible. John 17:17 says “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” And Hebrews 4:12 says, “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” If the Word of God says it, its true. If it contradicts what you feel is true, then you had better check your feelings and get to chatting with God about your issue! Our truth MUST be from God, and cannot be swayed by popular opinion, current social issues, or our own personal feelings. Yes, Biblical and Godly truth is often not pretty. It is downright difficult sometimes. It doesn’t fit into the PC protocols we have been taught since we were young about what is ok to say, or words and thoughts we should avoid speaking. It is anti-cultural. It is anti-self. It is anti-popular opinion. But it’s the only real truth we will ever know.
Our earnest prayer should be that we would understand truth from God first – who we are to Him and IN Him; what we are meant for; what our code of living is for being under His divine authority and protection. Psalm 25:5 says it like this:
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
So, yes. If your truth is that you like cheese pizza over pepperoni, please speak it. If you are a woman that prefers to wear sneakers to heels, preach sister! If you are a dude surrounded by jocks, but would actually prefer to read a book, don’t be afraid to stand up and say so and go get lost in those pages. If you are comfortable in your individuality when it comes to style, music, etc., then by all means, please do not conform to those around you and be yourself. God has created each of us differently to work together in a powerful way under His guidance, direction and in His plan, so stand firm on THAT truth and be the person you were meant to be. But beyond that, be sure that “your” truth is really the truth of God coming to life in you, and speaking its truth through you.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
– John 8:32
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell
you about the future.
– John 16:13