Because of Facebook--shout out!--I have gotten back in contact with a childhood friend. She and I have started conversing over email. She told me something a while back that really made me stop in my tracks. She said that when we were in fourth grade--I think--she remembers running away from home and sitting across the street from my house, staring for hours at my family's supposed perfection. Ouch. Perfection? Wow.
I quickly cleared that false impression in an emailed response, but it left me pondering the power of people just being real. We all have weaknesses. We all battle insecurities. We all long for a life that matters. We all "fall short of God's glory." (Romans 3:10, 23) But it is a believer's response to those challenges that has the power to strengthen and encourage a watching world.
Acting like we are free from struggle does not point people to a God who heals, redeems, provides, and forgives. This world needs to see our raw humanity and the ability of God to bring victory over our circumstance. Let us humble ourselves and allow God to sow His great seeds of power in and through our lives. Trust Him with your most tender of battles. He is able to bring joy from the ashes and life from the carnage of poor choices.