When do we learn to not be real? As girls, at what age do we discover that’s it’s not okay to be ourselves?
Society sets a standard that goes against what God wants. Our culture says to be who everyone else thinks we should be.
Fake. Pretty. Perfect.
Dishonest with ourselves and others.
As we talk to others, they ask how we are. We say “Fine. It’s all good.” That’s the answer society wants to hear. For if each of us becomes real and honest, someone might need to take notice or care.
Culturally, we are busy rushing around, busy trying to do it all, busy pushing our way to the top. We don’t know what to do with someone else’s transparency. How would we react if someone said, “Things are not fine!”
So, know this. There is One Who says come to Me. Be real with Me. Tell Me all that is on your mind. I want to know.
And when we’ve poured out our hearts to Him, our feelings, our hurts, our dreams…He holds us while we rest.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT)
We can be real with God. We should be real with God. And can I tell you something? Ready?
He already knows.
He already knows everything there is to know about you and me. Our dreams, our pain, our hearts, what we’ve done and haven’t done. There is nothing we can tell Him that will surprise Him or change His love for us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38 NLT)
With God we can be real. We can accept and soak up the love and comfort He covers us with. And we can let Him make us whole again.