We crave something relatable, normal and real. Our lives are messy but we prefer to hide the sludge. If someone comes over unannounced, we can’t hide the dirty laundry.
Why do we build these facades? Everyone has dirty laundry.
Living Your Story
What kind of stories do we love to tell and listen to? Have you ever had one of those friends that magically ends up being the hero in every story they tell? They do all the right things, get the best deals, make the perfect decisions – they are AMAZING! I don’t know about you but I feel worn out after less than an hour spent with them.
What about the story of the worst trip to the grocery store? You know its a nice day, your refrigerator is pretty bare so you venture out. Everything is going well until you find out they stopped carrying your favorite (you fill in the blank). As you finish up, you turn toward the register and drop the eggs, the kitty litter explodes and you forgot your money. You’re running to the car, slip on some grease and it starts pouring rain.
Now that’s a great story! It didn’t feel great that day when you were in it, but it sure is hilarious to your friends. Why do we like these stories? Because we can relate! This is what life is all about – the mess, the imperfections – real life.
Paul Was Human
I’ve never once seen a bookstore selling WWPD bracelets. Why is that? Because Paul was human; he wasn’t Jesus, he wasn’t perfect. We respect Paul as a key figure in the early church. He had to make sense of and tell people what this new thing was all about. But there were times he was fearful, he had some pride for sure and sometimes he was totally obnoxious in the way he dealt with things.
Paul because he made this great statement, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
In other words, he humbly admitted that everything he said or did was not automatically worth following. He was real. We need to be able to say the same exact thing. But how can people follow us when we only show them the great, shiny awesome things in our lives?
Real Is the New Black
We are here for a purpose and it’s much bigger than just our own little lives. We need to embrace our lives in completeness. This means acknowledging and being open about every part: the good, bad and ugly. People want to know that they are normal. People want to know that you are normal.
Peace and wholeness on your journey,