There is something special about playing dress-up.
Don’t believe me?
Simply watch my daughter. For her, putting on an old flower girl dress and a plastic tiara magically transforms her into a fairy princess bride. She’ll float around the house pretending to be someone else. Her sweet voice lilts and expressions change — she is completely transformed.
Some of us continue to play dress up far into our adulthood. We put on our “I’m okay” mask and a “How are you” smile and our voice continues to lilt. (Perhaps just a little too high to be real.) Donning the mask as an accessory is as common for some of us as is putting on a watch.
And for those who serve in a leadership role, whether a ministry or blog platform, perhaps we can be a little too insistent about the persona we’re presenting. But, let’s be honest, it’s hard not to be. It’s hard not to feel the pressure to be someone else. Leaders are told that they must be seen as an expert, an authority figure, and a guide to help others . There aren’t supposed to be any blank spaces, half finished lines or wrong turns in our life map.
We ask ourselves:
We feel compelled to live out the expectations of others. But, what if we lived life a little more uncovered? Click To Tweet
What if I’m seen as weak?
What will happen to my followers if I reveal I am struggling with something in my life?
What will happen if they find out that I don’t have it all together, that I’m not perfect, that I wasn’t always a good Christian?
How would our lives, our message be different if we weren’t so careful, so precise and so scripted about the image and words we present? What if we dared to be vulnerable?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a balance to be maintained in oversharing anything. We need to be able to gauge what is appropriate to be shared and what is not. We also need to be aware of when we are ready to share about a particular issue or subject because it is important for us to get beyond the rawness before opening up to the rest of the world.There is something about transparency, about living life uncovered, that causes others to draw near. When our edges don't appear so shiny and polished we look a little less perfect and a lot more inviting. Click To Tweet
It’s a little like taking the plastic cover off the couch in the front room; sure the seats might get a little worn but they’re a lot more comfortable and your guests might just stick around a little longer.
I think that’s what Jesus was like. He wasn’t worried about keeping up appearances nor who he was seen with. Jesus, in human form, spent time with every type of imperfect person. The Jesus I read about in the Gospels was recognized by many as the Son of God and yet at the end of His life provides us with one of the greatest examples of what it means to live life uncovered.
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unlessa]”>[a] I drink it, Your will be done.”
Matthew 26:38-42 NKJV
It is this Jesus, the one that asked for the cup to be removed, who has drawn over 2 billion to Him.
Sister, it can be scary to take the mask off. Sharing the bruised and weakened parts of ourselves requires a courage we might not think we possess, but we can take our cues from Jesus. And, perhaps your greatest strength comes from what you assume to be your greatest place of weakness.
Don’t be afraid to live life uncovered. You might just find that people choose to sit and stay a little longer.