Why is it that we cannot be real with others? Many times we miss an opportunity to get it right because we said or did something that we really didn't mean say or do, but we don't know how to remedy it - for so many reasons. And that missed opportunity just piles up as junk storage in a basement, or garage, or vacant room. Soon the junk has so covered everything and we keep saying we will clear it up or we will get rid of it, but we don't. And truth becomes lost because of the junk.
As Believers we should not have to worry about how others may or may attack us. We are covered from those darts, and by the same token, we should not attack them. That is so hard to do, isn't it? Yet it is doable.
Let this new year be a start in cleaning out, getting rid, refreshing. Clean out those areas of things said or done that you though you couldn't undo. Get rid of years of false modesty and martyr image and walk in your true self as in the image of Truth. Refresh your spirit by putting things in proper place. Allow the beauty of who you are to warm your heart. Through Truth find order and peace. Look at John 14:15-17. Shalom!