A Search For Identity

“The Search for Truth is a Search for Identity, that in finding Truth, we find Ourselves.” ~ Neil Sutton …

This quote reminded me of Palm Sunday. Ever since I can remember, my family and I attended church on that Sunday and held palm branches as the Passion was read. And at one point during the reading of the Passion, there is a dialog between Pontius Pilate and Jesus of Nazareth, in which he questions Jesus, “What is truth?” This question always sticks out to me, for it seems like quite a difficult question to answer for any man, and especially one who is about to be sentenced to death. Yet most of us ask ourselves this very same question at some point in our lives… usually during times of great difficulty and suffering.

So what is truth? Truth is difficult to define because our truths change as we grow older and experience new things in our lives. I know that my truths and your truths probably differ in many aspects at this point in our lives… and that is ok. All that matters is that we are looking for truth inside us–that we are seeking it out, vetting it, and recognizing it right there within us.

I mention within, because it is important to keep in mind that truth is not something we must seek without. When we search outside of ourselves, we find the truths of others, and we only see those truths on their surfaces. From without, we cannot experience the deep convictions that lead us to find and define authentic truths in our own lives. If we are to ever find it, we must seek within–we must consider our own truths in life, our own convictions, our own integrity and beliefs.

The search for truth is a journey to find ourselves–the truth that defines our purpose and adds meaning to our lives. And perhaps that ultimate truth can be found in the words of a man who came some two-thousand years ago: “Do you really want to know the Truth?” Jesus said to all who are searching, “Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Truth is within you. And when you seek it out, your life will gain new meaning and purpose and become much richer.

Have an open discussion about truth with someone today.

Questions to consider:

How do you define truth in your life?

What are some ways in which you seek out truth?

What meaning do the truths you have hold in your life?

For further thought:

“If you cannot find the truth where you are, where do you expect to find it? Truth is not faraway; it is ever present. It is not something to be attained since not one of your steps leads away from it.” ~ Dogen Zenji

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