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Anticipate the Truth

Anticipate the Truth

By:  Amazing Nation Guest Writer December 9, 2021
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Advent is upon us! In fact, it is quickly passing by. In the hustle and bustle of the season, with travel to see family and friends, winter break, shopping, decorating, and preparing, it’s easy to miss the still, mysterious and holy season of Advent. What is an “advent”? It is “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” 

At the beginning of Advent this year, I started thinking about waiting. It’s easy to get impatient and even resentful in the waiting seasons of our lives. Maybe it’s waiting on a new job, waiting on a relationship, waiting on a pregnancy, waiting for someone to change, something to get better. As I thought about all of the waiting that we do, I desired something different. Because I know what it feels like to be waiting while feeling sad, depressed, or restless. I’ve discovered that there’s more - it’s when my waiting seasons become “Advent” seasons that I am able to live in the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, etc. 

What’s the difference between waiting and advent? Aren’t they the same? I believe the difference is in our mindset, our attitude, our heart posture, our thoughts, and our choices. We can choose to have a season of waiting, or we can have an Advent. I want to choose Advent - because of the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event...that is Jesus. I am waiting in hopeful anticipation of Jesus. He is there before, during, and after. Every. single. season. 

Something strikes a chord in my heart as I think about anticipating Jesus. When we anticipate Him, we anticipate truth. We as humans are on a quest for truth. We constantly search for love, fulfillment, adventure, stability, security, and safety. Truth encompasses all of these things. Perfection is found in truth. If a heart is searching, it is somehow or in some form in pursuit of truth. 

 The book of John tells us about this incredible truth. The person of truth that was born from the Word, our scriptures. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) 

Later on, in the book of John, we hear more about the connection between the Word and truth itself which is God. “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:16-17)

Christ (the truth) is coming in the real and tangible way after this liturgical season of Advent. But the reality is that our truth, Jesus, is already here. We don’t have to wait. It is a done deal, and we can anticipate this truth with certainty, clarity, and confidence. The world needs to know that the truth we all seek is found in a person, in a relationship that has more potential than any human understanding. Our connection with this truth - truth who is a person and desires an intimate relationship with us can define the culture itself. 

The challenge for all of us is to choose this truth over the lies that can easily distract, discourage and disrupt the rhythm of our hearts and relationships. The whispers that we aren’t enough, that we’re too broken to be mended, that we aren’t capable, that we are too pushy, that we are pushovers, that we are too easily influenced… the list goes on and on. These distractions in our minds and hearts pull us away from living in peace, and in the truthful presence of our best friend - Jesus. When we are ashamed, feeling like a failure, reacting out of woundedness, those are the times that we’re tested to claim the truth. 

The lies used to be my truth, but no longer. Each moment is a choice to claim truth - which is more than an idea or concept. This truth is a friend, a relationship, a person. And he is the ultimate answer to anticipation. He is hope, he is love, he is TRUTH.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)


1. The next time that a negative feeling rises up in you - a reaction, emotion, or thought. Take a breath and think about the truth - who is a person. 

2. Call on Christ to help you to see things from the vantage point of hopeful anticipation instead of negativity.

3. One step at a time! Start with one time, and gradually reprogram your mind to react and think in the mindset of truth.




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