Friday, February 8, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Bare

Joining up with Lisa Jo Baker on Five Minute Friday to simply write, unscripted for five minutes on a simple word. This week: bare.


In this world of fa├žades and masks, I try to live bare.

I don't do it because I like it. It's hard to live fully exposed. It's hard to admit my struggles, doubts, fears, failures as a wife, mom, missionary.

It's safe behind a mask of good. 

Good Christian. Good wife. Good mom.

But the world has enough masks. There are plenty of Christians trying to make this thing look easy so that they can pridefully impress the world. 

I know. I've been there. 

But being bare is where it's at. Exposing our fears and failures because that's when Christ is glorified. That's when His light shines bright and the world sees hope and help for their hopelessness and helplessness.

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." -2 Corinthians 12.9

So even when it's hard, I write unscripted. I allow my heart to be bare because that's what I need. That's what the world needs to see. That there isn't a standard to meet because Christ already met it. And we are free indeed. 

It is my duty to be transparent if I want the world to know the hope that I know. 

So while so many paint on their smile and hide behind that checklist Christianity, I choose to be bare so that others can see that this thing called Christianity isn't about a set of rules. It's about a God who became bare on a cross so that we could be free to glorify Him despite our weakness.

That's where true hope lives. 





3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you popped by my blog!

    It's true isn't it, these masks..they don't help anything.

    Recently a friend of mine who is on leadership in our church shared something with me...she's been struggling with something you see, something sensitive to her...but because nobody in the church speaks about such things, there is no release.

    I realised something that day, living a bare life could help people...masks never do, they set an unreal expectation for others as to what 'real' is and of course, they never make us happy. Authentic and bare are the only way to go!

    Huge blessings on you and thank you so much for sharing!

    Ursula

    http://extravagantjoy.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Visiting from FMF, I linked up after you.

    Wow! I needed to hear your words. They were truths I already knew, truths I already understood, yet I was ready to hide again. My post was about exact that, hiding again. Just wanted you to know what you wrote really spoke to my heart. Awesome post!

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  3. Ursula,
    EXACTLY! If we all lived more "bare", so many more could find hope and healing!
    Blessings!

    Thanks, Tanya! Glad I could be a bless. Will stop by your blog :)

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