Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #208 Clean… http://www.dennymeyer.me
Coming clean is like a truth serum for you life. The fourth and fifth steps of this Advent season (which is officially here now) can be the most difficult and challenging steps we take on the road to spiritual, emotional, and mental health. Step four says:
We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
I don’t like looking into the mirror much less deep into my psyche. Then to ask myself to go down into the psychic cellar and root around in the dingy boxes of corrupt moral turpitude – that seems to be a soul breaking exercise. This step doesn’t ask us to call something a moral failure that is not. The greatest moral failure is an unexamined life. This step is a search of oneself. It is a deep recognition of the real you – the truthful honest you. It is taking the step to take all that crap in the basement and remove it to the dumpster. However, in order to get rid of it you have to examine the contents. That truly is what we hate to do. Leave it alone and we think we can forget about it. We don’t. It’s always there unless we do a “searching and fearless” inventory.
American writer Romona Anderson once said, “People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” Deepening knowledge of yourself comes from a strong trust. For me that trust is found in the person of Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” If I am already a forgiven person then I can do the inventory without fear of being judged again. Sometimes it takes a long while before we can go down those steps into the psychic basement – but let’s do it knowing that we take this step with a friend not a fearsome warden who wants to lock up.