Being real does not mean that we actually tell women when their pants do make their butts look big or the woman in Walmart that bedazzled hot pants do not belong on a mother of four. Now, I would appreciate “realness” if I have a bat in the cave or a wild hair that enters the room before I do. Go ahead and be real and let me know. If you are a little shy about that we can have hand signals. Bat in the cave is thumb to nose and wiggle fingers. Wild hair is thumb to chin wiggle fingers. Got it? Good. Thanks for looking out.
I have been asked why I share as much as I do and if it is too much information (TMI). My answer is: Wow, if you think this is too much just wait-this aint the half of it.
Our mission at Sandals Church is to Be Real with Ourselves, Others and God. Being real is being authentic about your relationships, your struggles and your walk. 2 Corinthians 4:6 says: For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
Light dispels darkness. Nothing is hidden in the light. By bringing into the open my issues, struggles and failures as well as my triumphs and God glorifying redemption, evil can no longer attach itself to any of it, exploit my sin, nor pervert my success. There is such amazing, life changing freedom and awakening in sharing. Finally letting go of fear, control, and shame. Allowing light to shine through the four walls where I always kept my “stuff” packed and stacked, worried that if I was honest about it people might see the real me and judge me. And then what? I guess I never got that far. Yeah, then what? How about exposing it so that God can heal me and friends can hold me up, keep me accountable and love me through the pain.
My hope is to encourage you, to prove that there is healing and independence in letting it all hang out. And if you know all of my crap and still love me for me, how amazing and true and noble and lovely our journey together will be. Huh —reminds me of a verse: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Phillipians 4:8 I would love my journey, my relationships, and my writing to be just that.
What do you think, TMI? Or do you desire to tell it like it is?