Monday, October 1, 2012

Real.Raw.Riveting.

There's something so refreshing when you read or hear from someone who is 'real'.
Who tells you like it is.
The raw version.
Not the made up, pretty 'packaged' version with the tidy bow on top.
That makes it riveting. 
You lean in close to catch every fiber of what they are confessing.  You welcome it because you've lived it and you've been waiting for someone else to be brave enough to

'SAY IT OUT LOUD'.

I'm thinking of Lysa Terkeurst, who is an author willing to take off the mask of perfection.
I would imagine that would be tempting to live a facade, especially since she carries the title of, 'President of Proverbs 31 Ministries'.
Talk about pressure!
The need to 'have it all going on'. (or atleast the perception that you do)
What a daunting weight to carry.
That is why I especially enjoy reading about her everyday battles about dirty towels and other explosions about seemingly trivial issues.

We've.All.Had.Them.

Mini meltdowns.
Joyce Meyer has that same genuine quality about her.
She stands on stage telling story after story of the pity parties that she has thrown and the temper tantrums she has had.
Then she laughs at herself (which I highly recommend)
and says to the thousands of people watching her, "You guys get to just sit there while I stand up here and make a fool of myself!"

There's something that draws me to those authentic qualities.  It makes it easier to be
around people like that  -
the messy versions of their self.
And it makes it easier to have them over too!
They're not inspecting your dirty baseboards, cobwebs, and fingerprint spatters on display all over the place.

Who are you more apt to confide in?
I tend to lean towards the one who laughs at herself (and at her kids)
and struggles just like the next person...
but who is in process and striving to do better...
and to be better.
But ultimately looks to the God who IS better.
And leans on Him for the help.

I want to be THAT girl!

Ephesians 4:2 says:

"Be always humble, gentle, and patient.  Show your love by being tolerant with one another. (and of their messy houses and imperfect kids) emphasis mine ;)

Here's to having an imperfect day with all those imperfect people in your life...
that you wouldn't want to live without!

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