“Reality is easy. It’s deception that’s the hard work.”
Musician Lauryn Hill
This tongue in cheek statement is a kissing cousin to the adage attributed to Mark Twain, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
It does take more work to deceive others and cover up a lie. Think about how much mental energy and effort is expended, even covering up a little “white lie”. In this hyper-kinetic world we live, a common complaint is lack of energy. If we were honest with others and ourselves, think of how much more energy we would have!
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Colossians 3:9-10 (ESV)
Until we recognize that we are helpless to change our habits, we will continue to lie to others and deceive ourselves. We are helpless by our own efforts and God wants us to see that only by confessing our sins, repenting, and turning to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, will we be able to finally break the cycle of deception and lies.
Deception is hard work. Reality is the easy yoke of Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.