One of the positive things I have noticed come out of this difficult time is people being more willing to own up to feeling helpless and asking for help.
It felt to me that our society demanded that we are strong in every area of our lives, your job, your hobbies, your friends, your finances, your health, your diet and your families.
Because none of us are strong in every area, and certainly not all the time, we feel the need to put on a mask and cover up our weaknesses. Social media is the platform this is often seen in. One person was sharing how they took two hours to put on makeup for a single photo to post, only to take it all off once the photo was taken! Another person told me recently how their beliefs about the world would not be accepted so they lived on their own and never talked about these beliefs and struggles.
Because none of us are strong in every area, and certainly not all the time, we feel the need to put on a mask and cover up our weaknesses.
Many of us are feeling helpless in our lives for different reasons but fear of rejection, not being accepted or even punished means we never tell our truth or ask for help. Our world being turned upside down by this pandemic has changed this a little. Needing help has become a little more acceptable. The mask has been removed a little. There is one mother I know who often posts her real, daily parenting struggles and it is so refreshing to us all.
As a Christian, I love that Jesus meets and accepts us in our mess and the reality of our lives. I used to think you had to look good for God, but the opposite is true – God is saddened when I pretend. Even better, when I own up that I am lost, God offers to be my shepherd and lead me to a better place.
“When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”Matthew 9:36
Rev James Levasier
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