Winston Churchill is one of my favorite historical figures. As he was preparing to lead Great Britain through World War II, a reporter asked him, “What event in your life prepared you to lead the world through World War II?”

Churchill answered, “It was the time I repeated a class in grade-school.”

Shocked, the reporter said, “You mean you flunked a grade?”

“I never flunked in my life. I was given a second opportunity to get it right.”

I know many people who spend so much time trying to make themselves look better by rephrasing the truth, saying it a different way, or ignoring certain facts.

I think it’s high time we owned up to the truth and then moved forward. We don’t have to be inventive. We don’t have to worry about how we answer the question. We need to just acknowledge the facts. When we do, a remarkable thing happens: we are freed to move forward.

Are you prepared to acknowledge the honest, unvarnished, and sometimes-painful facts in your life? They may include a moral failure during your teen years or a painful memory about a loved one. Thankfully, we don’t have to share the details with men, but God wants to know about them. We will never experience peace about them and be able to completely move forward until we honestly acknowledge the facts to Him. He won’t pour salt on our wounds or tell our secrets to others. Instead, he will bring healing — but only if we tell Him the facts and ask for His forgiveness.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.