Remember when you were a kid and you would walk through the woods and fields and come home with burrs in your socks, clinging to your pants and hanging on your sleeves? They were difficult to disengage from whatever they attached themselves to. As you released one part of the burr from your sock, another part got stuck. Sometimes they would prick your finger as you tried to remove them.
It occurred to me one day that often times we gather burrs as we wander through life. As we journey through our hills and valleys we may gather burrs and over the years we may gather a lot of burrs. It may get to the point that when we look in the mirror – what do we see? Burr lady. There are so many burrs we can’t see our clothes or our faces. What can we see? Burr lady.
What is my point you ask?
I meet a lot of people in the course of counseling who have lost sight of who they are in Jesus Christ. They have wandered through the path of life and gathered lies about who they are. “I am useless. I am stupid. I am not worth anything. I can’t help the way I am. God loves others just not me. I’m not smart enough. God can’t forgive me.” The list goes on and on. These lies cling to us like burrs to our socks. They are difficult to get rid of. When we look in the mirror who do we see? We see who we have come to believe we are, NOT who Jesus Christ made us to be.
To truly walk in freedom we need to remove these burrs one by one until we can see ourselves clearly. We need to identify the lies we believe, challenge them with the truth of God’s Word and then choose to believe it. It sounds a lot easier that it is. If we make a choice to stop living as if the lies are true and start living as if the truth is true, there will be transformation and freedom.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Are you tired of burr lady? Choose truth, God’s truth, whether it feels true or not.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.