Five Minute Friday: Real

Joining Kate Motaung and a community of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday (to learn more about Five Minute Friday click here). This Friday’s prompt is “Real.”

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It may be Saturday evening. Sunday morning. Midweek women’s meeting or a Bible study group. We gather in His name and we have His promise to be in our midst.

We gather in the name of Truth personified, the One Who boldly declared that whosoever comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out. How heart breaking it is that we gather in His name but it is also the place where too often we are not being real. Not speaking truth.

Asked how we are doing, we respond with, “Fine.” “Good.” “Blessed.” And maybe “Highly favored,” thrown in for good measure.

We are blessed, it is true. We are highly favored. Also true.

But we are also hurting at times. Bone weary at others. Broken and feeling unable to take another step on some occasions.

What does it say about me? What does it say about my church home that I am not being real here?

It is risky to be real, costly even. But the cost of inauthenticity is always higher that the cost of being real.

May we develop relationships within which we can be ourselves and invite others to do the same.

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8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Real

  1. Oh, I love this:
    “It is risky to be real, costly even. But the cost of inauthenticity is always higher that the cost of being real.”

    So good. So true.
    Happy to be your Five Minute Friday neighbor today!

  2. When we can’t be real, we can’t even share our joys. It’s excruciating to be filled with joy and have no one to tell. Even worse, is to be filled with joy while surrounded by other Christians to whom one can only respond, “I’m fine.” Real is necessary so that life is real.

    Drusilla Barron
    http://lovedasif.com

  3. Stopping by from FMF. Appreciate this post so much. I often have a hard time being “real” with others. I want to appear strong, independent and able, but really, I’m often just searching for Grace and rest. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sue, my fellow Grace and rest seeker, I appreciate your honesty. In this moment, I am thinking of the hymn, “Just as I am,” and am thankful that we can come to the Lamb as we are, and not only find grace and rest, but also the courage and strength to be vulnerable with others. Blessings.

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