People talk about “the real me.” Sometimes that feels impossible trying to pin down just what that is. But I was thinking about it, and I think I figured it out.
It’s the side of yourself you don’t like seeing yourself.
It’s that thing you do that everyone hates.
It’s that part of yourself you secretly love.
It’s the feeling you get when someone is hurt.
It’s that day when you fall apart when things just aren’t going right.
It’s the part of you someone tells you they simply love.
It’s those things you gave up that you always wanted.
It’s the conversations you have late at night.
It’s that journal entry that you never read because it’s too hard.
It’s that song that makes your heart alive.
It’s the way you enjoy rain.
It’s that moment when you close your eyes, wondering how you got here.
It’s those tears you shed over a friend.
It’s the insecurities you have.
It’s the things you do for others every day.
It’s the way you listen to one song over and over.
It’s that silly movie you can’t help but love.
It’s that letter you read over and over.
It’s that outfit you just adore.
It’s the Bible verse that makes your heart feel whole.
It’s that prayer, spoken over and over again.
It’s that story that sets your heart on fire.
It’s that memory you have treasured in a box.
It’s your smile.
It’s the anger you just can’t seem to get rid of.
It’s the letter pushed to the back because it hurts too much to read.
It’s that quote you have on your wall.
It’s the way you text people.
It’s that book you can’t read enough.
It’s the way you come before God.
It’s those late night walks.
That is the real you. The good, and the bad. They are both you, and you are beautiful. So maybe the ‘real you’ isn’t all pretty, but God wants to use it all for His glory, so don’t despise any of it. Work on it, and try to improve every day. But never, ever look at something God made and loves and despise it.