This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)
"Keeping it real" is a phrase we hear often in today's world, but have we stopped to truly consider what it means? If you consult the Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com) you will find a lot of answers to that question, many of which resonate with my personal understanding of the phrase.
To me, "keeping it real" means being true to myself, my values, and my faith. It means living each day with honesty and integrity and making sure that I don't pretend to be something I am not. Often it means doing what I feel is right based on my knowledge of God and His Word, regardless of the opinions of others. It is taking the risk of being myself in a world which dictates who I should be.
At fifty-something, I don't meet society's standards for physical beauty. I'm not the perfect parent, the most loving wife, and I'm certainly not the perfect Christian. But if there is merit in the effort, any approval from God of my obedience to His Word, then I am perfectly content to press on toward the goal of becoming the woman He created me to be. I'm not there yet, but I am keeping it real because I have learned that there is great freedom in breaking free from the expectations of others and living in the light of God's acceptance, "just as I am."
Are you keeping it real? If not, try it. You'll like it!
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