I just posted about how it's a paradox that we put on a show in order to connect.
It's hard to be real.
We all want to be known, to have a relationship with someone based on full disclosure and acceptance of who we really are. But we have a hard time doing that.
Because it is hard to be real.
Being real, genuinely letting down your guard, is like the dream where you are standing on a stage, naked, and you can't figure out why you feel so raw and exposed, but you are just standing there looking stupid and everyone is staring at you with that blank, boring-into-your-soul stare. Instead of freaking out, you pull an "Emperor" move and act like everything is normal. After some nervous chuckles the show goes on and you wing it, all the time feeling that coldness that comes from being exposed and not being in control of the response.
It isn't easy being real.
You can't control how other people will react to your transparency. It can leave you feeling raw and vulnerable. Exposed.
But we are made by God for relationship. If we withdraw, we are not functioning the way God intended.
We need Him.
We need each other.
Community. Support. Fellowship. Relationship.
So let's do the hard thing, the brave thing. Let's be real. And we'll see how God moves in our lives for our good and His glory.
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