I often notice and secretly envy those who seem to have it all together all the time.
You know who I'm talking about.
For starters, there's the mother who speaks patiently to her children and never seems to raise her voice. The beautiful woman next to you in fitness class who holds a plank for three minutes and never breaks a sweat.
After thirty seconds you cave and give her the evil eye.
Then there's the one who is always dressed to impress. She walks into a room and suddenly no one else exists. Every hair is in place and her makeup is a work of art. Her nicely dressed children sit quietly beside her and never interrupt when she speaks.
IS WHAT YOU SEE WHAT YOU GET?
Perhaps for some what you see is what you get. Or, could it be that what preceded your encounter with said angelic being of perfection looked a little different?
Lady #1 - Had a screaming match with her disobedient child and she either lost her voice in the process and is only capable of speaking softly or she feels absolutely miserable that she let herself get out of control and is genuinely trying to do it right this time.
Lady #2 - Has worked tirelessly and lost the weight of an entire person. She is dedicated, disciplined and works extremely hard to keep her diet healthy and her weight under control.
Lady #3 - Despite being beautiful feels like the ugliest person in the room. Her makeup is her mask. Her clothes are her mask. Her children are her mask. Behind each of them she hides the real her, terrified that no one would like who she really is.
I write from a heart deeply burdened over the masks I once wore and with a longing and earnest pray that God will help me to keep them off. I long to be real. I am honestly so tired of pretending.
So, I write this entry to set the record straight! As you visit, read and share in this blog with me I need you to know that I am not at all like the beings of perfection who seem to constantly cross my path.
I don't have it all together.
I am a Christ follower, a wife, a mother, a daughter and a friend who longs to seek God with her whole heart.
I desperately want to leave my masks behind.
I want to know what it is to love Christ and to really know Him.
BROKEN STILL? YES! IMPERFECT STILL? YOU BET!
I long to die...to selfish ambition and selfish gain.
I long to die...to my way of thinking and reasoning.
I long to die...that what might remain and be seen in me is not me at all but Christ.
Eva Kroon Pike, a Christian recording artist and dear friend wrote a song that describes me in just two words, Perfectly Imperfect.
May the Holy Spirit draw us to Himself and do His beautiful work in our hearts.
What are some masks you find yourself putting on? What are some you see in the church? Let me know in your comments!