Authenticity, transparency, vulnerability. To be seen, known, understood and valued. That’s the rich stuff love and deep human connection are made of. But we can’t co-create these relationships if we don’t show up truly as who we are. We can’t fake it until we make it and expect to find truth.
“You are the God who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13). God doesn’t make mistakes. You were on God’s mind before your were ever conceived. God fashioned you and knew you before you were in your mother’s womb. God knew precisely what God was doing when God created beautiful you, so perfectly imperfect. Trust in God’s handiwork. Be confident in who God made you to be. Honor yourself.
Remove the mask. As James Baldwin says so poignantly, “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Don’t let fear rob you of the privilege of being yourself.
Find your tribe, your kindred folk, the people where it feels like home without having to posture or pretend. Where you are accepted and valued as you are; not judged or condemned. When you find them, love them fiercely and open your heart to receive their love.
My prayer for you is that God give you the strength and courage to love yourself enough to know that you don’t need to shrink, be small or hide to be loved. God sees you. Walk confidently knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image and likeness. Don’t hide behind a mask for anyone.