Have you ever noticed that when people start to get emotional they’ll often stop, cover themselves and say things like “its ok, I’m gonna get it together” almost under the assumption that its NOT okay to show real emotions? Like they have to get it together and not show emotion?
I think we are taught from childhood to try and keep it together. Not to be authentic, but to wrap it up, keep it together, etc
What are we saying? It’s not right to have emotions? It’s not right to be real?
Ultimately, we all grew up covering for our own weaknesses, but in Christ, we have strength. He increases our power when we submit ourselves to him.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Isaiah 40:29 NIV
It’s okay to be honest about your weaknesses…
BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE HAS WEAKNESSES TOO!!
In the church, sometimes the assumption is that everyone is supposed to be perfect.
I remember when I was a kid and first started going to church. I thought everyone there was perfect.
Perfect suit, perfect family, perfect clothes, perfect comb over, perfect life.
I now know that nobody is perfect. But nobody ever said that back then. When we come to church, we think we have to pretend that everything is okay and that we aren’t struggling. And you definitely better not ever let people find out that you sin, because that will get you kicked out!
The point today is:
Be human enough to acknowledge your need. Admit your weaknesses. BE REAL. Fake is exhausting. And everyone can see trough fake.