In our tent we have two girls and they talk. A lot. They talk the most after they put on their seat belts in the car after school. There is always a verbal challenge to see who can talk first. The one who spoke first this week said, “Mom, I have a secret! But I cannot tell you.” Excellent! The trick to this game from the drivers seat is to keep your eyes forward and focus on a plan to learn the secret. (The driver is also the parent after all and for a little while longer, it is my job to know those secrets.) With my eyes forward, I simply said, “Well you know, I am a trained professional secret keeper.”
That started the wheels turning in her developing brain and in no time, I learned ALL about the secret. Of course I cannot tell you what it was because I am a professional, but it was a good one. So good that the secret keeper came home, sat on the couch and fell asleep in less than thirty minutes. Her secret had a lot of weight to it.
Part of our rule of life in our tent is “Bells don’t keep secrets.” We recite it often. We talk about the power of a secrets. The weight of secrets. How they can divide people. How they open the door to more secret behaviors. In our tent, it is almost impossible to keep a secret…unless it is a birthday secret of course.
Part of God’s rule of life is “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Webster says that secrets “keep from knowledge or view.” We can talk about the way secrets keep us in the dark. The stress of secrets. The energy it takes to keep a secret. How they keep us stuck in life. But you probably know all about those things.
Or we can talk about how good it feels to let a secret out. When we let it out a secret, all the stress of the secret goes with it. We are then available to experience truth and light again. In the absence of secrets we find freedom. And that makes Christ smile.
What are some rules your family lives by? Is there a secret you have been carrying around for a while? Today may be the perfect day to let it out and live free from its weight. You may even find the need for a good nap on the couch after the experience.
The secret things in their heart will be made known. So they will bow down and worship God. They will say, “Without a doubt, God is here with you.” 1 Corinthians 14:25
From our Secret Free Tent to Yours,
P.S. If you have time, use this TED talk to keep the secret thoughts going.