NOTE TO SELF: This scripture always reminds me of those Uncle Sam advertisements: “I Want You!” It was usually an ad asking to serve our great country.
As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my pajamas, hair all messy and unwashed, no make up on, and lounging in my oversized recliner. This is just how God wants me. This is my true self.
Wives, have you ever had your husband tell you how gorgeous you look when you first wake up, or when you’re dressed down in sweat pants and an old ratty t-shirt? They see the real us. There’s no pretenses, no false eyelashes, no make up to cover the scars of our youth, no pantyhose to suck it all in. Just us. The real us.
Clothes can change a person. When I’m dressed up, I don’t feel like myself. I feel different and I act differently. I’m usually keenly aware of what I’m doing, how I’m acting, and what I look like doing it. But when I’m dressed down in my comfies, I’m the real deal. I’m quieter, I pay more attention to other things besides myself, and I’m more relaxed and at ease with myself.
Dress down for God. Sit before Him just as you are. Don’t try to look good for Him because He doesn’t care! Don’t use fancy words in hopes of gaining His attention, because He won’t hear you, he’s too busy listening to your heart with His stethoscope.
God wants you. Deeply desires YOU. Not the religious you, or the prim and proper you. Just the real deal. He calls us friend for a reason. So act like one.
PRAYER: God, we come to you just as we are, with all of our messiness and flaws. We humbly give ourselves to you and ask You to have Your way in our lives. Thank You for not only allowing us to be ourselves with You, but desiring it! You love the us we very rarely let anyone else see, and love us regardless. Thank You. Amen.
JOURNAL: Write about the “real” you that you don’t let most other people see. Now write about the you that you present to the world. How do they differ?