For those of you who has seen the tv-series “One Tree Hill” might remember the teenage girl Peyton Sawyer saying to the girls(second season):
“I want us all to be friends. I want us to be so close that we can tell each other stuff. The bad stuff too.”
Because who do we tell when something happens in our lives?
Or do we tell anyone?
Do we just show the mask we want people to see on Facebook and let that be the way people see us?
Do we just tell our best friend and hide from the rest of the world?
Do we wear a mask?
Or a do we carry a brick wall with us to place between us and people, afraid anyone will get to close?
I don’t think we ought to tell everybody everything.
But I do believe in living an open life, where what we say or do can stand the light of day. I believe in confessions, confess to someone what didn’t take the light of day. That way you take away the devils weapon, and he cant hold anything against you.
I believe in living a real life, where we don’t have to hide anything, where we don’t have a mask, and where we crush that brick wall till there is only dust left.
Let God blow his wind over the dust and carry it away from you.
The Real life costs. You’ll be vulnerable. You might feel like an easy target. It might be really uncomfortable. You might experience hurt. You might experience to hurt someone unintentionally.
But it is real.
And then the honesty,
are great tools God has given us to move on,
and still lead a real life.
It all starts with telling someone.
Tell about your joys.
tell about your love.
Tell about your hurts.
Tell your confessions.
Tell your heartbreaks.
Tell your struggles.
Take the risk.
I know a little about those masks and brick walls.
I’ve lived a life filled with a lifetime of fear, anxiety, especially the social anxiety part.
I know how difficult it is to leave the mask at home. I know how hard work it is to start banging down at that brick wall.
I know what it takes to start living real.
To let people in.
To live a life that can stand the light of day to shine on. I know what it takes to tell someone that dark secret defining me for so many years.
I know it isn’t easy.
I am not telling you it is.
I’m telling you it is worth it.
That letting go of it all, is worth it.
And I am telling you that if you give people the chance to see the real you, those of them that are truly friends will still like you.
Still love you.
And still see what is beautiful about YOU.
Actually they will see it better than before, because honest, real and open will always be better than any “perfect mask” you can let your imagination come up with.
I am telling you that you don’t have to do the work on your own. God is with you every step of the way.
God is cheering YOU on.
All He wants is to be with you, show you His love. He wants you to succeed. He wants you to live real, because He already see what you’re trying to hide from everybody.
“Thank you that instead of guilt and shame you offer us compassion and grace.
What we need most is simply this: to know you love us no matter what.“
So don’t hide those tears streaming down your face.
You are more beautiful than ever!