“For I am the Lord your God Who holds your right hand, and Who says to you, ‘Do not be afraid, I will help you.”
Guess what, no one has all their crap together. No one. I’m reminding myself of this as we speak and thought maybe you’d like to hear it too. Somewhere in everyone’s life is a trail of yuck. Also, all people have a Monica closet (you totally know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever watched Friends.) Whether it’s external or internal, there’s hardship and dirty laundry somewhere. Many of us grew up with the idea that we have to look like we’ve got it all together. Don’t let people see the sad face or the dirty house or ……the list goes on and on. And now, we’ve got social media that helps us live that perceived life. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this in the past but if so, it’s worth speaking it again. Quinn, my oldest, is hardly ever, like ever on social media. He thinks its stupid (he has a point). When he is, it’s on Instagram. He says, ‘It should only be used for informational purposes. It shouldn’t be used for personal endeavors.’ He kills me! Seriously, the literal and honest nature of who he is can be so refreshing. So He will put up images of our vaca or a monument of some sort and describe it on Instagram. If we could all just me more like Quinn. We would definitely kill it in the smarts department.
Back in reality though, the struggle is real. Feeling like the world around you is a perfectly fit puzzle while you have missing pieces can feel down right lonely. It’s just not truth. In every person, whether close to you or someone you just meet, there is a struggle they are experiencing. Maybe with hopes and dreams that disappeared, a failing marriage, a job that was lost, depression, anxiety, the list goes on and on. We all feel the need to keep it together or don’t let it show cause I’m sure she or he doesn’t have that issue. In this present world, we carefully construct images to post or a status update that everyone will like and write something perfect that hides any pain to be seen. How much do you want to bet that if you let out, even a bit of your struggle, they would be like, oh my gosh, I’m so with you! Now there are a handful that might look at you crazy, but those we just let Jesus love on ha! I’ve been looked at as a loony before, far too often that I have to be like, oh, so you didn’t want to get that close to me? Hahaha!
Here’s what I’m trying to give you on this fine day. When you walk out of your four walls at some point, stand tall in the fact that everyone has a ‘thang’. EVERYONE! There are different experiences and suffering at different times for each person but make no mistake, it’s there, in every human. Thank you Jesus we’ve got him, who is perfect, that we can be like, what does that whole, living in perfect peace feel like? Next thing you know, he sprinkles a little of this and a little of that and Whammo, you feel loved and full of His peace. Ok, maybe it’s not that magical, but you get what I’m saying. Grab onto Him. Just shoot Him what you got so as you step out, He’s holding your hand.
“Everyone has a story. There’s a reason why they are the way they are.”