Have you ever realized that it takes a long time to meet the real person you thought you already knew? Life and Religion have a way of making us leave who we really are at home. People send out a representative of themselves, usually because of perceived flaws. Think about some of the situations you have been in….
Dating…..You send a representative, and you meet a representative. After you’ve been married for a while, or been together for a while, you discover more and more of the real person.
Job interviews….You send a representative, all of your best qualities go into the room.
Church…..You send the best representative of yourself. You argued with your spouse all the way to church, the kids wouldn’t cooperate and get ready, but you walk in with your game face on.
I could go on with more examples, but I think you get the point, and I think you can probably relate.
Your looks might get you the date, but your character, how you treat the person, your commitment and the real you is what will determine if the relationship continues.
Your education, skills, talents, abilities, and gifts might get you the job; however, your character, how you treat the people, your commitment, and the real you will determine if you keep the job.
Your game face may hide your flaws, but it doesn’t change the reality of the situation.
Here’s the thing…it’s ok to be you. God created you on purpose for purpose. You won’t succeed at everything you try if you stay true to who you are. You won’t get every job if you stay true to who you are. Not everybody is going to like you if you stay true to who you are. That’s ok. It really is. Some of the religious people will judge you when it was really just a bad day. That’s ok, they have bad days too. Choose not to judge them, but relate to them. You’ve been there.
Some people like coke, some like pepsi, some like sprite, and others like tea. There are people who are going to celebrate you. Don’t send your representative. Go as yourself. Acting brings you unneeded suffering. It will wear you out, and make you withdraw. Acting like you are someone else just says that God messed up your design. He didn’t. You are just the right flavor for just the right people, places, and things He has for you.
I’m not saying you need to take your bad morning in the church with you, but I am saying don’t think that you are flawed because you had the bad morning. Everybody else has them too including the leaders, and the ones who act like they don’t.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take your best qualities to the job interview or the date, but I am saying it’s ok to be yourself during the discussions even if doesn’t go the way you planned. God’s plan is better every time.
Seek first the Kingdom, and all else will be added to you. If you get that part right, He will align the right people, places, and things at the right time; furthermore, you won’t have to act. You will be energized rather than depleted.
God is for you, and I am for you! Go as who you are.