Denial is the Avoidance of Problems
- 2013 5 May
We often believe that “out of sight, out of mind.” While our problems may be temporarily out of your mind, denial does not solve them—it only delays them, and quite possibly amplifies them. Consider your problems. Are you facing them directly or do you find creative ways to wish them away. Scripture tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3). Lean into your problems, exploring what they have to teach you, perhaps even ways to mature you.
Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life, 90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!