Welcome to Real Life Wednesday! This is not some crazy weekly post confessing great sin and revealing all the intimate details of my existence. (that would actually be pretty boring!) It is simply a desire to authentically share what goes on in my "real life". I have realized that while I have the desire to be real and transparent, I keep getting pulled back in to the lie that says I have to present myself in a certain way in order to be liked, admired and approved. My intention with this weekly post is to give you a snapshot into normal everyday life lived 24/7 in a fallen world with other sinners. If being free really is what it means and if what the Bible says about Jesus coming to set captives free is really true, then I am free to "come clean" from living according to the wisdom of the world. I can live as one whose chains have been loosed.
My first post experimenting with this glorious freedom is admittedly, a bit superficial. Am I really free from needing the approval and acceptance of others based on my outward appearance? Would it really be so bad to "come clean" to the world about how I look...right out of the shower with wet hair and no make up? Do I need all of the adornment I've come to depend on to give me confidence in how I look and how I am perceived?
Caution - the truth is a bit scary! Scary for you maybe - you have to look at this!
But not scary for me...
What I have wrestled with and what I believe God is doing is freeing me from any dependence I have on things I think I need in order to make me feel like I am accepted, liked, valued and approved of.
I am coming to realize that there really is no better place to be than free!
p.s. for any fellow staffers reading this - I will be donning makeup in the morning :)