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Plastic Is for Phonies Get Real!

Updated on November 11, 2022
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Our life stages are unique. Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.

Plastic or Phony

Plastic or Real

Plastic is a peculiar thing. It protects and shields while still allowing one to see what's on the outside through to the inside. Perhaps that's not entirely true. Plastic can have color, which can mask the contents a bit, making it difficult to determine what you are seeing. Even if opaque in the shade, it leaves a lot to the imagination. The dim view allows some to see, yet it is still cloudy.

Now, if we examine the colors of plastic, we can attempt to see through the object depending on the brightness of the paint. Sometimes if the light hits just right, then even with colors on plastic, you still may make out what is on the inside. The darker shades make it more challenging to complete the contents. The more colored plastic is usually thicker. Plastic is a fantastic product as it protects and guards. So many things made of plastic are helpful and life-saving or even extraordinarily productive and functional. Regardless of all the attributes of plastic, it is still PLASTIC.

When something is accurate, it is fresh and open. If it's bumped, it may bruise. If it's knocked down, it will fall hard. When we neglect the realness and do not care for it, it may wear down or, in the worst-case scenario, become broken or damaged beyond repair. In this world, without some form of a plastic coating or covering is risky. Also, it establishes that plastic is very functional and productive, as stated earlier. 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 grow accustom to our coatings

We have come accustomed to our coatings. We have relaxed into a society, “it’s so close to real, you can hardly tell it is an imitation.” But, let us not forget it is imitation. It is not REAL. Real is so different! Real is genuine; it is bright, crisp, and beautiful. Regardless of how it looks when it’s real, you know what you’re getting. You know what you’re looking at and what to expect. It doesn’t mean perfect, it means pure. The only sure 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 natural, and He loves us anyway. He is an amazing God, all-powerful, all purposeful, and 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 have you surrounded yourself with plastic? 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 an inventory of your degrees of plastic. What will happen if we are honest?

If we are honest enough to be bumped and bruised, it will hurt, but we can heal. If we are accurate enough to admit our imperfections and know we’re no better or worse than our neighbors, then maybe we will allow others into our world? If we allow others in, we must realize, depending on their 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 often do we sit down and attempt to pull the layers back and see the truth of who we are as God’s children? Trusting in protection available to all of us takes constant attention. If we are honest enough to believe that God knows every bit of our plastic coating, then we also realize that He knows every fear and negative thought. He knows every dream of hope and wishes. God knows every talent and how to use it. He knows who we are comfortable with and who will test our core. God knows we grow in adversity as much as we do in Joy. He knows how much we can handle, even when we don’t. His timing is correct for every happening. He knows and sees everything, so does it matter what we hide behind? Does it matter what others think of us?

A covering protects us. Through faith and belief in God, our loving Father, He saves. We cover in His blood shed for our sin. This coating we can rely on as real. His arms of protection are constant. These arms are so thick and yet warm, secure yet gentle, loving, and firm. We are to imitate Him as best we can as God made us in His image. We will also continue to have our plastic coverings because we are human. We need to lighten our layers, become more opaque for starters, and then clarity will come. With our Hope and Faith in Christ, things will become real, not plastic.

The Real Me ~ Natalie Grant

A few thoughts ~ stay confident in His Promises

  • We need to be better examples of love
  • We are the Body of Christ
  • We can become more REAL
  • It is going to be okay
  • Look for and be the truth
  • We Love you just the way you are.

Check these verses out

Psalms 53-55

Isaiah 53-55

Peace in your Stages and continued Blessings :)

HUMAN ~ Natalie Grant and Jordan Sparks

© 2012 Kathy Henderson


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