There’s a saying out there: “You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs”.
Oh, how I love that!
I mean, I love the saying. Doing it…
I sometimes love that a little less.
There are a hundred different areas of life where we could apply this. We could apply it in our friendships, marriages, parenting, school, occupations, hobbies… on and on. But I’d like to take it in the direction of life as a Christ follower, because when we focus on our spiritual walk, every other area benefits.
Really, how doesn’t bravery apply to almost every area of faith?
It’s brave to choose to have faith in someone you can’t see, touch or hear.
It’s brave to walk through a difficult situation and maintain the faith that no matter the outcome, God can and will use it for good.
It’s brave to stand up for what you believe in, even when others don’t agree.
It’s brave to ask someone if you can pray for them.
It’s brave to chase after the promise that you believe God has given you.
It’s brave…. well, like I said – every part of faith is brave. Or at least LIVING OUT every part of faith is brave.
But the truth is, it can be downright difficult to be authentic in a group of fellow believers.
That’s so pathetic to say, but it’s even more pathetic that it’s true.
We say we want authenticity, but in reality, it often scares us. It scares us because authenticity requires more of us. Authenticity requires us to love others unconditionally because they aren’t perfect and never can be.
And authenticity requires us to love ourselves enough to admit that we can’t have it all, do it all, and be all things to all people.
It takes courage to drop the social mask and be our true selves. It takes courage to admit that we don’t have it all together and our lives don’t look anything like our Pinterest boards, or how we appear to be when we walk into church on Sunday mornings.
It was only about six years ago, when I stopped wearing the mask, that I felt a new freedom in my life and started to see my ministry truly impact others.
Drop the mask!
I’m proof positive that our courage can… and will help others. Our own authenticity and vulnerability might just be the thing that someone else needs in order to drop their masks and be their true self – when alone and with others.
Christ tells us that his burden is light – we’re the ones that make it heavy and we do it by picking up and carrying the unfair expectations of others… and ourselves. And we make the burden of others even heavier by placing unfair expectations on them. Put bluntly, we almost require them to keep that mask on in order for us to accept them.
Part of being brave is trusting ourselves enough to know that we can love others, even without their masks on. We can love the hurting person, and even the person that has hurt us. We can allow people to be true to themselves, and as a result, we can all heal, and grow and come to understand and love each other in a more real way.
I encourage you to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs. Be true to yourself. Drop the mask. And encourage others to do the same!
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