Often times we hold ourselves back from expressing the depths of who we are because we're afraid of what people may think. We hide tragic events from our past and try to live on as if it never happened. We teach ourselves secrecy because we think we'll be put to shame. Or, we tend to speculate that others may think differently about us, look down at us and even change their view about who they think we are and ought to be. The shame behind it all is that we tend to think that we are the only one in the world dealing with our dilemma and that no one else would be open to understand. Did you know that it takes more energy to conceal a matter than it does to let it go? It may be a secret to you, but somebody somewhere is experiencing the same thing you are, and they wish for freedom. Secrets are painful because we tend to nurse them by ourselves and internally. They become raw, extreme and sensitive wounds we won't allow to heal because we're afraid to voice them or even shine light on them. Fact is, Secrets need darkness in order to grow, and we've got to work hard to shed light on the things that need to fester in the dark. I John says that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Light deteriorates the make-up of a secret because it penetrates and exposes everything it touches. Light allows you and others to see hidden things (secrets) more clearly and without question. Learn to show people your wounds. Don't think for a minute that what you're going through is specifically your personal burden to carry; it's not. Showing and shedding light on your pain and allowing God to heal you is like handing someone else the master keys to unlock the same door you just traveled through. Not only that, but you allow your burden to be lifted as well. Jesus dwells in light. One thing I am certain of; when you share the details, wounds, secrets of your life, when you expose what used to be in the dark, you begin to heal not only yourself but those around you. Don't lick your wounds; expose them.