Taking lies as truth has undermined my worth
Although this can be very easily applied to materialism, I will apply it to a different kind of unnecessary storage: lies.
As I was talking to a friend of mine, it came to my awareness that I have been holding onto lies and they have been unsurprisingly wounding my soul. Taking lies as truth has undermined my worth and has allowed my value to be measured by the others.
Even though I had tried to reach society's bar in earlier years, with little success, it seems that I haven't fully let go of these non-truths. I now see that this was because it's easier for me to mask pain than to look at my wounds and feel what I need to feel.
However tempting it is to mask pain, we can only do this for so long before it starts to really destroy our souls. We are even specifically told to do the opposite: "forget [ourselves], carry [our] cross, and follow [Christ]" (Matthew 16:24). In other words, we are called to look at the pain head-on and allow Christ to transform it into something beautiful.
Knowing what I now know, I apply Jesus' question in the gospel of Matthew: "Will you gain anything if you [hold on to these lies] but lose your life?" (16:26). I reflect on this gently and honestly, praying from the exact position that I stand: Do I want to be set free? Do I at least want to WANT TO be set free? My friend recommended this form of prayer that met me exactly where I was.
With all of this in mind, is there something that you are holding onto that is actually not serving you? How can you apply what I shared here to that very thing?