Don’t Keep Secrets with the Devil
Last night one of the hottest searches on Google was how to spell McKayla Maroney‘s name. People wanted to Tweet about her, the World Class gymnast from Long Beach, California, because she had fallen on her final vault in the 2012 Olympics in London and would have to settle for Silver. Since she was second to the last to vault, we were all exposed to the many people that make up the coaches and staff of the US Olympic Team.
Every few minutes McKayla would chat with one of her coaches and share feelings, vibes, strategies. This is what the cream of the crop do. They know the meaning of the word “team.”
Alone, she would haven’t even been there in London. You see, even though it’s up to her alone to perform the exercise, there are a few key people she confides in to help her stay on course. With so many distractions you can never reach Olympic status, or even much of any status by yourself.
Many times in life we are left with the feeling that we can handle things alone. We can turn in ourselves and not get help to move down the path that we know we’re supposed to be on.
Two things do this. First: pride. Good ol’ ego gets in the way, coupled along with a dose of embarrassment – that where we’re at on the journey would be embarrassing to share if more people knew - and so we con ourselves into believing that we can go it alone.
Secondly, I think we’re wired this way. And the reason we are is so we can do the things we need to do – decisions – by ourselves. But we take it a step further and exclude everyone.
You know I talk a lot about the spirit world and I truly believe that the dark side enters in here and places in our mind that we don’t need any help. In fact, many times we know that we do and are “ashamed” to bring it up to God so we tell ourselves that we can fix this alone.
Take for example an addiction, maybe alcohol. You started harmlessly, but now can’t get through a day without a little splash after work. You don’t go to God with that, but tell yourself and even speak to the dark side that you can conquer this alone. Like telling the Devil – okay, you don’t have me and I’m going to break this.
Instead of working with your Supreme Team, you are conned into thinking you can do this without help. Besides, taking it to God might involve confessing to another human that you have an embarrassing problem. And you refuse to get that sort of help.
The truth is, that sort of help is the only help that will free you from your challenge and put you on the right path. Just as the Olympian knows she can’t make it alone and if she stays in her world she will never reach the level she is destined to reach. In her mind she “could” say – I am too good to go to a coach with this – this is something I should be overcoming alone!
But it’s a secret that will only bring bondage and keep her forever fighting. And you know what? That’s right where the dark side wants you.
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