Soooooo many people kill themselves trying to be perfect. They stop eating their favorite foods. They engage in activities they don’t really like, aka The Elliptical. They bury their feelings deep within themselves.. They paint ridiculous facades of themselves as perfect people, living perfect lives. Yet on the inside they are dying. (Note to the public: If I don’t want to do something, I’m not going to do it. Period. Especially if it’s something that will make me unhappy.)
This same group of people may also act differently around various groups of people. They have several different personalities:
I use to be like this. Different people got a different me. I felt like I could only truly be myself when I was hanging out with my girls. Then a wise friend stated something sorta profound, “If you only truly feel like yourself when you’re hanging out with the girls, you must hang around them often!” In all honesty, I didn’t hang around them very often. We would get together 2-4 time a month. So in other words, I was only truly being myself 2-4 a month. THAT’S 2-4 DAYS OUT OF 30 DAYS!!!! So who was I the rest time??? So I asked the only person who sincerely knows me. God. He told me that I was created only in His image……Yep…..That was all He said. Annnnnnnnndddddddd I kinda already knew that.
So I set out on a journey to find ME within this grand image of God. And here’s what I realized:
An image is not a real thing. An image is only a representation of the real thing. A resemblance, portrayal or depiction. I was made to represent, portray or depict God. We are made in His image and born into sin. So we cannot expect ourselves to be perfect. We can strive to be an image of perfection, but we can never truly reach it. It’s our humanity that calls us to fall short, but it is also our humanity God loves and the free will that the gives. It is only because Jesus that we are able to present ourselves to the Father anyhow.
Besides, when did being imperfect become so taboo? Dunno.
Nevertheless, now I’m the same Real Work Wife at work, home, church, with the girls and in front my elders. I am ME. Perfectly imperfect while consistently improving my Image. I will make mistakes and curse at the worst possible moments. I may continue to have anxieties, but they don’t define me. Every second of the day, I am better than I was before. So relax a little, give it to Jesus. You are only made in His image…..you are NOT THE IMAGE!!!!!!!
So be who you truly are in front of everyone. (FYI: Don’t spread your personal tea to everyone tho.) Do what you love. Eat what you like. Find activities that you enjoy to stay fit. Again, do what makes you happy.
Don’t be two-faced. Your “Image” already has a “Face”.
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