By Joel | January 31, 2011
There comes a time in life when all our pretenses and fake invincibility have to come down and reveal our humanness. From early childhood to even our adult life, we all wear masks to hide our blemishes and to cover up any sign of weakness, lest we be known as a feeble soul. We prop up our image, some times even unconsciously and vie for what is cool, strong, and hip. I certainly am guilty of it and it is a struggle I’ve had for years since I falsely believed I can bear everything myself. What a big false that is!
However, this past week, I had come to a realization, again, that projecting such an image denies us to be in community with others and worse, true to our nature. This past weekend, I was privileged to be part of a youth conference called DCYC, in Waco, Texas. The topic of the conference was “limitless,” more specifically about God’s limitless love, calling, and potential for each and every one of us.
Jesse Manibusan, the keynote speaker of the conference, called on all the attendees to look into our brokenness and marvel in how in spite of it all, we are still called sons and daughters of God. Think about that for a minute.
The DCYC conference and my JVC experience so far has taught me this: people are people and that is beautiful. We may be tall or short, fat or thin, rich or poor. The truth of the matter is who cares. We all our fearfully and wonderfully made and that should be a reason to celebrate in and of itself. Always remember that and you’ll save yourself from a lot of ache. Moreover, this would allow us to meaningfully relate with others and share in their experience. That admission of vulnerability alone is just the first step towards limitless possibilities for those who enter this experience.
Try and see what happens.