I thoroughly enjoyed playing Hide and Seek as a child. In the pine forested foothills surrounding Beirut, the school compound where I spent most of my childhood was ideal for this game! The basketball goal post behind the main building was home base. From there, terraces of lemon, quince, pomegranate, plumb, almond, and fig treees climbed up the hill, and steps descended to the curving road below leading to olive groves and clusters of sky scraper pine trees. What a setting for plenty of places to hide! But the most fun was racing back to “home base” before the “it” person could tag you.

As adults, we still play hide and seek, ever fearful of being caught, and diligently practicing staying hidden.

How can we expect others to be honest with us if we aren’t honest with ourselves? We expend so much energy struggling to present the “Christmas Card” perfect facade that we almost convince ourselves of that very same lie!

Self-deception is a perfect recipe for eroding our very souls. Manipulating and convoluting the truth in order to control our own narrative assuredly leads to a shattered soul.

“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” Galations 6:3

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” Luke 12:2

Do I practice accountability?

If you search for tenderness,

It isn’t hard to find.

You can have the love you need to live.

But if you look for truthfulness,

You might as well be blind.

It always seems to be so hard to give.

Honesty is such a lonely word,

Everyone is so untrue.

Honesty is hardly ever heard,

And mostly what I need from you.

Honesty, by Billy Joel

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