Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Okay to Break Down.

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Are you afraid to cry? Are you convinced that you have to be strong all the time- that you have to be invincible? When was the last time you let yourself break down? When was the last time you allowed yourself to confess that you are not perfect- and that it is completely okay to have flaws?
Such a beautiful image- "I'm not perfect, but at the end of the day, who is?" We often think that we are the only ones who are flawed, when in reality- everyone has some flaw, something that makes them human.When we finally learn to accept our 'flaws' as important parts of our character, we can begin to understand why we have them in the first place. God gives us flaws to help us realize that perfection and beauty lie in imperfection (oh how I love contradictions).Stop being so hard on yourself- accept your flaws as important parts of your personality- what makes you, you. :)

Our flaws are often the source of negative comments and thoughts. They lead to self-doubt, depression, and a loss of self-confidence. Although we shouldn't let them get to us, it is often inevitable. I think that acknowledging our flaws and the power they have over us can be a good thing- yes, that's right, it can be positive instead of purely negative. When we allow ourselves to break down, to question, to doubt... we open ourselves up to be emotionally vulnerable. Being vulnerable is an important part of being close to God. Without being vulnerable, how can we ever fully put our trust and confidence in him?

So, today embrace your flaws as something that makes you unique- but also realize that it is okay to break down. It is okay to cry, need help, and rely on others. In the end, being vulnerable is the first step to acceptance and love.

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."
Romans 12:4-5



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