Despite the obstacles we will face in our quest to be real, I would argue that it is worth it because it gives God the glory. After all, that is what we are really here for…lifting His name high, whether that is in song, or in the way we handle a difficult situation at work, or caring for small children, or reaching out to someone in your community who needs the friendship and encouragement.
To me, this is the good news that comes after the realization that this ‘being real’ thing is not always the most gratifying choice to keep making, day after day, year after year.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:18-25
This weekend, I hope that you can see the struggles that you face through the eyes of hope in Him…He knows exactly how you are made and the circumstances and characteristics He is permitting in your life. The coming One is coming back…until then, let us be encouraged to give Him our true selves and trust Him with the results.