Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—HIDDEN. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
I never really understood it until this year.
This crazy desire to keep the essence of who I am hidden behind the image I thought others wanted to see. Anyone who’s read my blog for long knows that I have struggled with finding my identity in Jesus.
The rejection that happens to a child stays with her for a lifetime.
It takes that long for some of us to erase those horrible words and messages and allow God’s truth to be written over the walls of our mind.
This year, as God teaches me about my word AUTHENTIC, He’s showing me I don’t have to stay hidden.
I don’t have to present the “got-it-all-together” face to the women in my life.
I don’t have to show only a fraction of the real me . . . the part I think others will find acceptable.
Do I show all of myself to everyone? No.
There are times when too much information is simply that: Too Much Information.
But, there are times when God is calling me—each of us, really—to reflect the whole of who we are.
Authenticity begins when we trust Jesus with our inner stories. It begins when we choose to talk with Him about those wounds we all carry.
He’s showing me I need to choose to trust Him when He puts me with others. I need to trust Him enough to share His light—as only I can shine it—with others.
I need to trust Him enough to live as the person He created me to be. We’re each unique. There’s no one else like us in the whole world or its history. God created each of us for a purpose.
When we hide the essence of who we are behind a facade, we aren’t trusting Him, and we’re dimming His light within us.
We need to trust enough to share our stories with others. Because when we share, who knows? Maybe others will be encouraged.
Maybe they will find glimmers of hope for their own lives.
Maybe they will even want to know Jesus . . . all because we opened ourselves up to trust Him to shine through us. As we are.
What about you? When you’re nervous about being your authentic self, what do you do? What helps you to live authentic?
Linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday—Hidden