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For the sake of fitting in I could change my words and actions so fast that a chameleon would swoon with envy. Certainly all the colours were beautiful, but it was exhausting trying to keep track of who I was with each person I knew. I was terrified of having my friends together in one place and having to try to be just one me. My life moved along in a blur, seeming unreal because I was not real.
Dictionary.com defines sincere as follows:
adjective, sin·cer·er, sin·cer·est.
1. free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest: a sincere apology.
2. genuine; real: a sincere effort to improve; a sincere friend.
3. pure; unmixed; unadulterated.
4. Obsolete . sound; unimpaired
How could I be genuine if I didn't even know who I was?
Then I met the One Who created me, Who had waited with exquisite patience for me to open my eyes and heart to Him. No longer was I a defective mistake but instead a woman of grand design; chosen before time began, perfected by His Spirit in me. In the years that followed He has continued to release me from the need of man's approval. I am free to simply be.
Real. Genuine. Free of deceit. Pure, unadulterated me. I am a living, breathing example of WYSIWYG what you see is what you get. Many are not sure what to do with me. Often bold, sometimes brash, seeking courage when fear sneaks in. I will tell you what I think as my heart opens to pour out what I feel.
I expect the same from others. Sadly, I am more than often disappointed. I pray that all would step into the freedom I have found.
To breathe in, breathe out and be who you are.
Joining Peter and the rest talking about the word sincere