It’s definitely a little “plant” that the Lord has been working on with me over the past month.
The “seeds” of this blog were planted during a conversation with one of the mothers at my monthly co-op. I had been making a point of trying to converse with her more this past year, as she seemed to be “hanging out” more than I remember in previous years. As we started to share with each other, I began to realize that I didn’t really know this woman at all. I had developed perceptions of who I thought she was…but I was wrong.
And all it took, was just talking to her.
Standing in front of her without judgement, two people willing to listen to whatever each other wanted to say. The two of us willing to share with each other, not concerned about what was going on around us. Just willing to listen.
It was about being able to say “wow, I didn’t know that about you at all. Thanks for sharing that about yourself”.
It’s about recognizing the vulnerability of the person who is trusting you with part of their heart.
Then a few nights ago, I was reading in my Blessed is She journal, and the beautiful Elizabeth Foss was discussing the notion of hypocrites and stated:
“God doesn’t ask you to be perfect, but he does want you to be honest”.
There it was again….
The “H” word…..honesty….
Ok, Lord….you got it…
I’ll write from my heart about honesty.
Why is it so hard for us to be honest with people?
I believe that it takes a lot of vulnerability, confidence, and holy boldness…….but I also believe that it gives us the wings of freedom.
Don’t you want to be free in your relationships???!!!
How many of us go to bed at night thinking I wish a had someone who truly understood me or maybe you think If people really knew the real me, would they still be friends with me?
People are attracted to genuineness and honesty.
A few years ago, I sat down with two of my sister-in-laws and confessed that I wasn’t being honest with them in our relationships. I told them that I often left family gatherings feeling frustrated by things that they said, or that I replayed conversations in my head for days. I confessed that I didn’t like feeling like I was “holding a grudge” about an earlier event but I also didn’t feel like I was being honest and things needed to change.
I think they were initially quite surprised, as they didn’t know I felt this way. I continued, adding that I was going to “speak my mind”, and I might start offending people but that I needed a different level of friendship with them, and it meant being able to be perfectly honest.
Over the next few months, some of my text messages were a little sassy at times. I spent time sending messages about my gratitude and appreciation for little loving gestures, and I enjoyed answering the text messages about “what I thought about__________”. These same sisters realized that my honesty was refreshing. They knew they could come to me for advice, and then could also hang up the phone and not wonder what my ‘real thoughts’ were on a subject we had discussed.
There was freedom for them in being able to talk to someone who would deliver honesty, and yet care about them.
God wants us all to speak truth.
He wants others to be drawn to the freedom that we elude when we live a life in His Truth. A life that grants us true freedom.
A life where we are free to be who we choose to be, not who we think people would like better.
God doesn’t want us to live our life through perception…concerned only with how others see our marriages, our children, or our lifestyle.
God wants our lives to be transparent and honest….to be looking at our family from a realistic place of where God has us.
To me, there is nothing more beautiful that a person who has the interior freedom to be who they want to be.
When I was in college, I had this friend named “Ducky”. I believe he got that nickname because of his similarities with the character from the movie “Pretty in Pink”. He had a crazy sense of style, but such a warm and loving heart. I remember the first time I met him just beaming. I remember thinking to myself this guy is crazy funny…and his laugh is infectious. As college progressed, “Ducky” and I went on a mission trip to Florida together and we were able to have some quality time hanging out around a camp fire. I learned rather quickly that “Ducky” had a lot to teach me about being true to who I was. He talked to me about his love for Our Lady and he was never without his rosary beads. I have vivid memories of his mad dance skills, and his love for good music. You couldn’t help but be happy when Ducky was around. He was the genuine deal….and everyone knew him and loved him.
I also believe that God puts people in our lives to share our hearts with.
Who are these people God has placed in your life? Are there people that you need to invite “in”? People who you know you could be closer with if you shared more of yourself with them?
What are you afraid of?
Share. Share your thoughts….and your heart.
Ask the Lord to make these people clear to you.
Allow the Lord to give you wings of freedom, so that you can experience true friendship with other men/women.
Be willing to be that honest and genuine friend to others.
“A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter. He who has found ONE has found a treasure”. – Sirach 6:14