Truth has always been a very important, though confusing, concept to me. I was raised to believe that human truth was fallible and therefore evil; only God’s truth was perfect and trustworthy, and God’s truth could only be found in certain interpretations of the Bible.
So about ten years ago, when I noticed a lot of people around me talking about “finding their truth,” I was uncomfortable. According to my background, the only truth people could find outside the “correct” interpretation of God was going to be self-serving and, ultimately, untruthful. In other words, “finding your truth” was a human-generated response to what people wanted to be true about themselves; they were trying to recreate reality to suit their human desires and interests.
Well, turns out that’s not really… true.
What I’ve learned in the years since, through much study and deep reflection, is that finding our personal truth is not — should not be — about believing what you want to believe is true about ourselves so much as it is discovering and accepting what is intrinsically true about ourselves, whether we like it or not.
When I seek my truth, I am finding out the truth about myself, the reality that is already there. I’m learning about the way God made me, not about the way I wish myself to be.