We all do it don’t we?

Try to hide what’s really going on in our lives just like we try to hide the gaping holes in our socks.

A visiting friend sat down in one of our recliners, sat back, put up the foot rest only to put it down immediately because of the holes in her socks. I had seen the holes and didn’t care. Hey, I wear socks with holes in them. (Don’t tell my mom)!! We know the holes are there, but still try to pretend they don’t exist. Just like the missed dust on our shelves or dust bunnies hiding in corners. All of our homes have missed cobwebs, hardwood floors that show every speck of dust when the sun shines on them or dirty windows that can’t be washed because of unending winters,  piles of laundry and unopened mail. There are dishes in the sink, beds unmade and messy closets. Holes we think define us when seen.

Even worse than household chores that go undone are the heart holes that can easily be hidden. Heart holes of bad marriages, rebellious children, siblings who live a lifestyle we don’t agree with, depression or a past we try to hide. We think we can put on a smile, put our best foot forward and no one will ever know the holes in our hearts that tear at us everyday, letting the bad define us.

I’m not suggesting we tell the whole world what is breaking our hearts, or the past needs to be re-lived. I’m not saying your home needs to look like Martha Stewart’s. We all do it, home holes or heart holes we believe define us. But they don’t.

Do you know you are accepted(John 15:15; Ephesians 1:6) when your house is messy, or your heart is breaking over bad decisions made as a young adult?  Do you know you are immersed in Jesus Christ(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4)? Do you realize you don’t have to live in darkness, but God wants to take you out of that domain of darkness? (Colossians 1:13,14)There is freedom in not hiding the holes of our hearts. Jesus Christ has redeemed your heart holes.

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2