You have probably heard the saying, “fake it till you make it!”
Worst advice ever!
I will never forget this day when I was sitting in my OB/GYN’s office pregnant with my third child. I had dressed up for the occasion (as much as you can with maternity clothes), and spent some extra time on my makeup. He saw right through me. His simple question, “How are you doing sweetie?” made me cry.
I didn’t even have to explain why I was crying (hello hormones), he just said, “In my 30 years of practicing there’s one thing I know for sure about women, the brighter the lipstick, the more they are trying to cover up.”
How did he know? I had pulled out my Berrylicious gloss especially for that appointment!
In her book, Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst calls it “plastic versions of Godliness.”
“That’s what we do when we stuff and pretend everything is okay. The upside of stuffing is that we have the semblance of peacemakers. But when we do this at the expense of honesty, we harbor corrosive bitterness that will eventually emerge. Either it will erode our health and later present itself in a host of emotional and physical anxiety-induced illnesses, or it will accujulate over time and surprise everyone when the peacemaker eventually erupts.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a “plastic version of Godliness.” I want to be the real thing. Being honest about my struggles, how I’m getting through, asking for help when we need it.
I think that’s what the world needs to see more about Christians, that we are real, not perfect.
You can find out ways NOT be a plastic version of Godliness, in this cool webcast about her new book. It’s a women’s conference that you don’t have to leave your home (or book a babysitter for) love it!
I’m really excited to be a part of the webscast too!
It’s next Thursday, August 23rd. Check it out and register to win her book, Unglued.
BTW: I’m wearing chapstick today. :)