Finding the Truth in a World of Lies
by Ketric Newell
“Don’t sit too close to the television; it’ll hurt your eyes.”
“Stop making that face; it will freeze that way.”
“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”
I bet your parents repeated these cautions when you were a child. Did you ever stop to wonder if these dire warnings were true? Now that you are grown up, do you say the same phrases to your children? Do they know what you’re talking about, or do they blindly buy into whatever they hear?
When I was a kid, I accepted much of what I was told to be true. I certainly would have sworn Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy were real. I even bought into the lie that my mullet haircut was cool. Now, my mullet wasn’t just any mullet—it was a permed mullet. When I see pictures of myself from that time, I wonder what in the world I had been thinking. The business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back haircut sounds goofy now, but I was dead serious in my belief that it was great back then.
Young or old, we never seem to recognize lies for what they are when we’re in the middle of them. Hindsight is 20/20, right? But what happens when the lies we accept as truth aren’t so harmless and funny? Just as I can see that mullet in my mind’s eye, I can also remember the hurtful lies that I believed, such as, “You’re dumb,” “You’re not as smart as the rest of the class,” “You can’t read,” “You’ll always be addicted.” For some reason, the crueler lies have a terrible power to stick with us and influence what we think about ourselves.
Satan is on the prowl today, trying to deceive our teens by telling them destructive lies that they accept. The good news is they don’t have to believe or live with them. God wants to replace those deceptions with His truth, and here it is: He made us, He knows us, and He loves us just as we are.
Our young people need to know that who they are isn’t defined by what they have done or what has been done to them or what has been said about them. They are valuable children of God and only His truth will set them free.