For years I sat in Bible studies with a smile on my face, and yet a huge crack in my heart. Every girl there seemed so together. Every woman seemed to have her life put together. All was in order. Perfect kids. Great marriage. Perfect!
When you feel like you’re living in a “perfect” world, it’s hard to let you guard down and be authentic and real. You are constantly bombarded with the thoughts “what will they think” “what if they find out” or “why can’t I be like them” running through your head. So your world becomes pretty superficial.
Others ask, “How are you doing?” And you respond smiling “FINE!”
Over the years of me teaching, I have been determined that I will never teach a class where I perpetuate the superficial environment I came to loath years ago. What I’ve learned is that if I’m real and authentic as a teacher, then I give others around me permission to share their true hearts.
Finishing up class last night, I was taken back by the true authentic hearts represented in the room. No one was there to pretend, yet everyone was there to encourage one another. The girls felt free to share their struggles. Girls felt free to encourage one another. Girls felt called to pray for each other.
I’m so thankful for the freedom that comes from true authentic hearts and relationships!