Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Where the Healing Begins

Still thinking about religion vs. relationship with God or, as others have described it, rules vs. relationship.  I wrote last week about my attempt to "be good" to please God. No matter how hard I worked at it, though, I could never live up to His holy standard.  No matter what we do, we can't earn our way into heaven.  It's only by grace that we can be saved.  And trying to earn our way into heaven is not only futile, it's also frustrating.  Trying to do the impossible left me feeling guilty all the time, and it never freed me from the things in my past that haunted me.

Have you heard the song "Healing Begins" by Tenth Avenue North?

Healing Begins

Here are some of the lyrics:
So you thought you had to keep this up
All the work that you do
So we think that you're good
And you can't believe it's not enough
All the walls you built up
Are just glass on the outside

So let 'em fall down
There's freedom waiting in the sound
When you let your walls fall to the ground
We're here now

This is where the healing begins
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you're broken within
The light meets the dark
The light meets the dark
This points out another problem with trying to be good enough to earn our way into heaven:  it makes us want to hide our failures so that other people will think we're good enough.  It doesn't allow us to be real, because we're always on guard.

You can watch the "Healing Begins" video on YouTube, but I'd like to share another video.  This is Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North, and he's talking about the song.  (Note that the example at the very beginning of the video may not be suitable for young children.)  He talks about why it can be harder to confess our sins to other people than to God, and how we often struggle to be our own saviors.  I've found both of these points to be true at times in my own life.

What do you think? Do you find it harder to confess your sins to God, or to other people?

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  1. Beautiful song, I have a hard time tellings others. I know I don't always do the right thing I try and sometimes I try to justify what I'm doing.

  2. I try to be a good person but sometimes stress gets in the way or someone does something to make me forget about being good. To me I think confessing to God would be harder than another person because no one is perfect and I am sure that other person has something way worse to confess than me or should I say they are hiding.


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