"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets" -Paul Tournier
That is the quote that is the lead of a second chapter of a book I'm reading. It comes at a funny time because a friend of mine & I have been talking lately about how secrets or unconfessed sins can really tear at you & make your life a miserable place.
But why? Why do we feel like we have to keep things secret? Is it because we're afraid of other's judgement? Don't we know that God knows all & we can't keep ANYTHING from His knowing? So why let it eat us up like we do?
I have seen books & web pages & blogs that are dedicated to people just telling their secret. I heard there is even a telephone number you can call & "let it out". Places that are set up as a "safe" area to let your secret out. Some place that holds no judgement - you can let it out - but you don't have to state your name with it or put your face on it. You can "release" it but not "claim" your secret. Does that help? I don't know - but I know they are popular places to visit so I know alot of people take advantage of them. I've gotten on a web page that people send in post cards with their secrets. Some are hilarious!!! - but some are horrible & some are just heart breaking!!
The thing I'm learning is that most people hold some sort of secret - no one wants to be judged. But instead of going to a web page or picking up a phone & telling a complete stranger - why don't more people just go to our Heavenly Father, who knows anyways, & tell Him about it? That should be the most non-judgemental place you could go - but I think most people think that's where you would receive the MOST judgement.
I'm just thankful that God knows all my secrets & loves me anyways!