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Who I Am: The Truth of the Human Condition

The journey to healing begins with this truth of the human condition: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This is the landscape we live in and travel through. Trauma and suffering occur as a natural consequence of life. We don’t need to go looking for it; it finds us easily enough. And we bring it along ourselves.

In a fallen world, we trip over holes of our own design and those made by others. When multiple holes confront us, we find it difficult to recognize the difference between the two kinds of holes. We blame ourselves for the holes caused by others, and we blame others for the holes we’ve dug. “Our role is to recognize our limits and to transcend those limits,” says Dr. Henry Townsend, “by looking outside of ourselves for life.” (How People Grow, 31).

By looking outside of ourselves — that is, to God’s help and insight — we are able to discern the truth. Knowing what holes are caused by others helps us avoid the trap of false guilt. Understanding what holes we dig ourselves helps us avoid the trap of denial.

SOURCE: Chapter 1: “Truth,” God Can Help You Heal by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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