I hide behind my social media. Let’s face it…I try to show my followers only SOME of my struggles. I’m supposed to be the one that’s got it all together, the perfect Christian who grows daily, the perfect diet and body made up of only healthy foods, the business owner comfortably supporting my family, and the perfect wife who lives for her husband.
None of that is true. I have NONE of those things. It seems impossible most days to get out a decent conversation with God. I’ve gained ten pounds in a month from giving up on my body. I’m still slaving away at my 8-5 job while trying to make my business dreams happen. And as for being the perfect wife…I can’t remember the last date night I had with my husband that didn’t involve me talking about work or complaining.
But yet…the world doesn’t know that. How could I let them know that? I’m their fearless super healthy, successful Christian leader…they can’t know I’m truly weak. The truth is, I NEED help. Most days, I am begging God to show me where I am supposed to go, how I am supposed to act, and for the UNBREAKABLE willpower to not eat another pizza for dinner. Why is it that we are afraid to show who we really are to the world? It stems from my greatness weakness of all…the fear of rejection and failure.
Nobody wants to hear that they failed at something. Nobody wants to know how far they’ve walked in the wrong direction. In today’s society, the only way to be accepted is to blend. Overweight people will only be accepted if they are skinny, and successful people without real-life problems will be favored (at least this is what the world wants us to think). As a Christian, I have to remember that my God wants me to be different. He NEEDS me to struggle in order to ask for His strength. Our relationship depends on my faith that my seasons are temporary.
Sure, I’ll probably struggle with my weight my whole life, but only if I forget to bring God into my battle. He will provide me the tools I need to show others I am vulnerable, but growing. It should be acceptable that we can bring our guards down around each other and express our need for support. Wouldn’t our mindset be so different if we became more understanding and relatable?
These confessions have been dear to my heart ever since growing my online business. Now that I’ve shown the world I am ready to step out in faith, it’s hard to put myself in a vulnerable situation. I need to make sure my audience knows I am a real person with real hardships.
I am using The Confessions Project to focus on breaking the “social media rules” of life by being who I really am. This will mean less makeup, less trying to come up with the most spiritual quotes, and more of the TRUE me. I pray you find the courage to do the same. Live by His Standards, and you will be free!
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I challenge everyone who is afraid to bring their struggles to light, to give your fears to God, take a risk, and tell someone. You know what? Tell anyone, anyone that will listen. Be COMFORTABLE with being vulnerable. People will have opinions and some may reject you, but your God never will. He wants us to admit we need Him and cannot overcome this world alone.
I also challenge you to forget standards and start living for YOU. In the end, it won’t matter how successful or skinny you were. It won’t even matter how many times you read your Bible or prayed. What will matter is that you had a deep relationship with your God, the only one who will accept you the way you are. God sees who you are behind that social media. You are weak. I am weak. We’re not perfect, but we are trying to do right by Him, not the world.
Be ok with being vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to show the world who you really are! Are you asking yourself would people like you if they knew who you were behind closed doors? I say EXPOSE that person and find who truly loves you for everything God made you to be!
Lord, I pray you can take the fear of rejection and failure from your people, including myself. We are stuck in a world that is hard to please, but we need to remember how much you love us. Teach us to be ourselves in front of everyone and erase our false images. Open our hearts to using our talents and personalities for Your Good, and keep us honest with ourselves. We need you to make it through this season and all others You have planned for us. Keep our faith strong and our minds focused on Your Plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Hanha is the founder behind Transparency Blog, and she is super passionate about encouraging women to find their identity and belonging in Christ! A few fun facts? She’s addicted to Grey’s Anatomy, has a special place in her heart for Chick-fila-A, and podcasts are her present obsession. In her spare time, she daydreams about places she can travel and loves connecting with friends on Instagram. Come say hi!