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A repost from Sarah Bessey, @sarahbessey. You are loved.
“It's worth it. Just in case you were wondering, in case you are also holding a secret close, in case you are hiding how much you are struggling and how much pain you are experiencing and how your capacity has changed and how you are not who you used to be: I just want to tell you, that it's worth it to be honest.
It is worth the vulnerability hangover. It is worth being misunderstood and misrepresented. It's worth your discomfort. It's worth the death of your self-image and your curated brand. It's worth the blizzard of well-meant and overwhelming advice ranging from diets to treatments to drugs to essential oils. It is worth the financial cost. It is worth the grief and anger you feel. It is worth the life upside-down adjustment to accommodate. Yes, it is worth it to be honest.
Because here is what happens when you finally drop the act, when you finally admit that you're not fine, when you finally put your white flag up in the air and say you are beat: you learn that your belovedness is separate from your productivity and professionalism. You learn that Jesus doesn't only hang out with winners. In fact, you learn that Jesus is perhaps even more tender with those of us who are unable to keep up with everyone else who is shiny and happy and going from glory to glory endlessly. And you learn that your net at the bottom of who you are will hold. You learn how good people are at their core, how eager to help, how quick to support and offer grace. You learn that the people who love you do, in fact, love *you* - not what you do, not what you accomplish, not what you "do for God." Nope. Just you. You as you are, stripped of all that, are precious to God and precious to your people. And so you are worth the relief of honesty. Take a deep breath. Speak your truth. Let the chips fall as they may. You will be more grateful than you ever imagined. Your feet are on the Rock and you abide in Love and you are worth the truth.” ~ Sarah Bessey