What Must I Do?

“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?

What is written in the law? How do you read it…?

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.

“And who is my neighbor..?

The one who treated (the man) with mercy.

Go, and do likewise.”

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#PapaQuotables

“All the water in the sea can never sink a ship, only if the water comes in.”

“As in life, all the worries, fears, anxieties and problems in the world can never destroy us, only if we let them in.”

Bare

I am holding my S9. It had a screen protector that was already dilapidated.

An ugly, functional plastic case that did not do the phone justice.

It covered the lavender back. And the beauty came from the lavender back.

Then, I realized, I was protecting it too much. It was meant to be seen. To be held for what it is. Slender. Waterproof. Beautiful.

Then I realized how it mirrors life so much.

We try too hard to protect ourselves. Cover up our weaknesses. Our vulnerabilities. Trying to be too functional with life, using our head too much.

Prudent? Maybe. But if overdone, it covers our real beauty. One is unable to fully appreciate the fullness of it, covered up in a utilitarian cage.

Ugh. Ugly.

Let go of the functional. Sometimes, you need to peel off the inhibitions, let loose a little, be unafraid of revealing YOU.

For YOU are made by a perfect God. You were made to be seen, felt, heard, smelled, tasted by others – for who you are, not the covered up, plastered up, “protected” individual you’ve become.

Afraid to be cracked, hurt, broken, smeared by life’s many dirts and rocks.

Bare.

For Christ was nailed on the cross, bare. Body and soul bare. For He need not cover His flaws, His humanity.

For it is in His realness did we witness the truth. The truth that God made His only Son man to feel man’s truth, and yet remain His Divine Son bringing God’s truth in human form.

For God wants us to bare our life with Him, in Him, by Him.

Lay bare. For nothing should be covered, everything made to be seen. If it is covered, then maybe it shouldn’t be there in the first place.