I’ll Go First…

I’ll Go First…

Sometimes, telling your story is hard. It contains secrets that can expose the ugly side of you… the ones you keep hidden because they contain bad decisions, regrets, and even murder. Telling your story can mean “ugly cry” moments, fear, shame, embarrassment, guilt, anger, and the list goes on, but you need to tell your story. Why? Because secrets kill. Secrets are the land mines of our lives. They change the filters through which we live and rarely stay small. They grow and let fear, doubt, guilt, and self-loathing seep into our lives. They are inevitable sources of destruction to us and others. So, we must choose a different way. One called honesty. Honesty strips a secret of its explosive power. It doesn’t remove the pain. It doesn’t downplay the wrong-doing or make it right, but it allows us to heal. It allows us to expose lies and to effect change. When a secret is still hidden, everyday living becomes more difficult. Fear, guilt, and shame become constant companions. Thankfully, we can gain the wisdom and show the courage to live honestly, and when we do, secrets lose their power! Honesty is found when wisdom meets courage. Wisdom and courage are necessary so we can discern that the hard choice today, can lead to a better life tomorrow, and because telling the truth is not always easy. In 1973, the Supreme Court recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Since then, over 33% of American women have experienced an abortion by the age of 45. Many of these women now have a secret. You might be one of...