Sweep It Under the Rug


Ever heard of the saying “Sweep It Under the Rug?” What exactly does that mean anyway? Well, for my family it meant “Pretend it isn’t there.” Oh but it was there, and it still is today.  The main problem with “Sweeping it Under the Rug” is that there is no closure. The Free Dictionary (online) says “Sweep it Under the rug” means this:  to conceal something in the hopes it won’t be discovered by others. Wikipedia says closure (psychology) is  the state of experiencing an emotional conclusion to a difficult life event. See how the boy in the picture above is looking backward? This is what happens, and how one spends the rest of their life, when one chooses to “sweep it under the rug”.

We may not know any different, or any other way, before we are saved…but afterward – there is no excuse! These are just a few of the scriptures that talk about dark & light:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5


“This is the message which we have heard from Him
and declare to you, that God is light and in
Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

Once we are saved, we need to look to Him for guidance, and for the proper way to handle situations. When someone does something that hurts us, we are to forgive, but not only that – but to give MORE of ourselves to them:

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.” Matthew 5:38-40

Facing people, and things we have done wrong – is difficult, but it is worth it! It is worth NOT having to look back over our shoulders for the rest of our lives. So, my question to you, my wonderful readers, is…how do you NOT “sweep it under the rug” – and, if there are members of your family who DO choose to do that – how do you handle it?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!



4 thoughts on “Sweep It Under the Rug

  1. Jennifer August 26, 2011 at 4:04 am Reply

    Not always an easy task. Sweeping is easier.


  2. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads August 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm Reply

    It may seem like it’s easier to sweep it under the rug, but in the end, it’s easier to come clean and face up to the issue. Definitely speaking from experience.


  3. Michelle August 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm Reply

    My family is vey “good” at this–unfortunately. I haven’t figured out how a good way of dealing with it!


  4. I’d rather face things head on, and deal with them. If things aren’t right in my world it makes everything else awful, too. It’s not always easy, but I face things head on. Thanks for the thoughtful post.


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