Plastic Is For Phonies LET'S GET REAL!
Plastic is a peculiar thing. It protects and shields while still allowing what's on the outside to be seen through, to the inside. Well, perhaps that's not completely true, as plastic can have color and that can mask the contents a bit more making it difficult to make out what you are actually seeing. Even if opaque in the shade it leaves quite a bit to the imagination. The opaque view allows for some to be seen and yet it is still cloudy.
Now if we examine colors of plastic we can be invited to attempt to see through the object depending on the brightness of the color. Sometimes if the light hits just right, then even with colors on plastic, you still may be able to make out what is on the inside. The darker shades make it a bit more difficult to make out the contents accurately. The reason for this is, that the darker the plastic and the thicker it is, then the less likely it will be for the light to seep through and outline a picture of what is contained within. Plastic is an amazing product as it protects and guards. So many things made of plastic are helpful and life-saving or even extremely productive and functional. Regardless of all of the attributes of plastic, it is still PLASTIC.
When something is real it is fresh and open. If it's bumped it may bruise. If it's knocked down it will fall hard. If it is neglected and not cared for it may even wear down or in the worst case scenario become so broken or damaged it can not be repaired. To be real in this world without some form of plastic coating or covering is risky. Also, it has been established that plastic is very functional and productive as stated earlier. To some degree, it is intelligent to cover oneself with at least the bare minimum of a light coating of plastic. It can be sheer and easily removable allowing the light to enter, allowing others to see what is, and yet keeping things safe and protected. Realness is so understated, though.
We have come accustom to our coatings. We have relaxed into a society of, “it's so close to real you can hardly tell it is imitation.” But, let us not forget it is, imitation. It is not REAL. Real is so different! Real is genuine, it is bright and clear, crisp and beautiful. Regardless of how it looks when it's real, you know exactly what you're getting. You know exactly what you're looking at, you know exactly what to expect. Real doesn't mean perfect it means pure. The only truly real thing that I know we can all count on, no matter what is our Father in Heaven. He loves us unconditionally and without fail. He sees through to our real and He loves us anyway. He is an amazing God, all powerful, all purposeful, all knowing. Everything else in this life has just a tad bit of IMITATION.
Suppose for a moment you consider your level of plastic? How much plastic have you surrounded yourself with? Does your plastic allow others to know you? Are you opaque and a little cloudy or have you become deeply shaded behind the darkness and thickness of your plastic coverings. You, my friends, like myself, must take inventory of your degrees of plastic. What will happen if we are real?
If we are real enough to be bumped and bruised, yes it will hurt, but we can heal. If we are real enough to admit our imperfections and know we're no better or worse than our neighbors then maybe will we allow others in? If we allow others in, we must realize depending on their own level of plastic that they may judge and wound without conscience or awareness, as do we. We must also be aware they're human and deserve the same forgiveness we seek for ourselves. If we do this, then we have taken a risk worth taking. As we examine our plastic layers are we opening ourselves up to new people or are we remaining in our comfort zones? How many times do we sit down and attempt to pull the layers back and see the truth of who we are as God's children? To trust in a protection that is available to all of us takes constant attention. If we are real enough to trust that God knows every bit of our plastic coating. Then we must also realize that He knows every fear and negative thought. He knows every dream hope and wish. He knows every talent and how to use it. He knows who we are comfortable with and who will test our core. He knows that we grow in adversity as much as we do in Joy. He knows how much we can handle even when we don’t. He knows the correct timing for every happening. He knows and sees everything, so does it really matter what we are hiding behind? Does it really matter what others think of us?
A covering protects us. Through faith and belief in God our loving Father, we are protected. We are coated in His blood that was shed for our sin. This is the coating we can rely on as Real. His arms of protection are constant. These arms are so thick and yet warm, strong and yet gentle, loving and yet firm. We are to imitate Him as best we can as we are made in His image. We will continue to have our coverings of plastic as well because we are human. We just need to lighten our layers, become more opaque for starters, and then clarity will come. With our Hope and Faith in Christ, all things will become clear and real not plastic.
A few thoughts ~ stay confident in His Promises
We must prepare
We are the Body of Christ
We can become more REAL
It is going to be okay
Look for the real in one another
We Love you just the way you are.
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Peace in your Stages and continued Blessings :)
The Real Me ~ Natalie Grant
HUMAN ~ Natalie Grant and Jordan Sparks
© 2012 The Stages Of ME
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