“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” —Psalm 133: 1
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What do you usually say when someone asks “how are you?” Good.
We are always “good”.
Even when things aren’t actually good.
We tend to leave our truest self, our real self, at home.
We say “good”.
Glennon Doyle Melton said that “we can either be perfect and admired or real and loved” and that if we want to be loved we have to be known.”
We have to be known.
Our real selves.
Not the ones we carefully curate for public consumption, but our real selves.
And when we bring our real selves to each other, something happens.
Because our world doesn’t do this.
We carefully select what we bring out to the world and to those around us.
But we can.
We can choose to bring our real selves out into the world. To each other.
Broken. Hurt. Messy.
And here’s the thing. The good news in all of this?
God knows the real you.
The truest you.
And God loves you.
Just as you are. The Real You.
It’s time to stop being “good” and start getting real.
So stop hiding.
Be who God created you to be.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Where can you be the most real in your life? The least real?
2. What are some things that prevent you from bringing your true self into the world?
3. Who are the people who know the real you?
This week, try responding truthfully when someone asks you how you’re doing. And if you’re good – respond with a different way to say it. Let’s bring our real selves into the world this week and see what happens.