The longer I live the more I have discovered that the first step to cleaning up a mess is to be able to confess the mess. That is the hardest step to take. The truth is, when things get messy in our lives we’d rather blame other people, rationalize and come up with all kinds of excuses than to take responsibility for our messes. But at some point, if you want to be well and healthy, if you want to find forgiveness, if you want to deal with the stuff in your life that is creating your issues and find healing for brokenness, then you have to confess the mess. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who conceals his sins doesn’t prosper. Whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” You just don’t get anywhere by trying to hide your demons. God can forgive you and cast out demons, but first you have to name the demons, the sins in your life. Confess the mess. You can’t make much progress by hiding your messes, but we are into appearances and we are so into what other people might think of us that we try to hide the messy places of our lives, and thus, we never get well. When you confess your mess that is where you can find mercy. That is when your life can begin to prosper again. Is there a messy place in your life that you need to confess today?
– Dr. Tim Thompson