Thursday, 08th April 2021
Psalms 119:45 – I have gained perfect freedom by following your teachings. (Psalm 119:45).
I know lots of people like to pretend. I’m not talking about children, I’m talking about adults who try to pretend they’re somebody else to get the approval of others.
Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’ve been pretending for so long that you don’t know who the real you is anymore. You’re wearing a mask, and it’s wearing you out. Everyone else thinks you’ve got plenty of money, plenty of joy, etc.
But you know the truth, and you’re exhausted. Social media exaggerates the problem. It’s the biggest tool today that locks us into a pretend world.
Most people pretend for one of two reasons:
1. The people-pleasing trap, where you want to meet their expectations and fulfill their purpose for your life.
But even God can’t please everyone, and it’s foolish to attempt something God can’t even do. As one person prays for rain, another prays for sunshine. Someone’s always going to be unhappy.
2. The trap of perfectionism. That’s when you think you must be perfect to be loved. But the problem is, you know better. You know you’re not perfect. So you just pretend.
What’s the antidote for pretending? Stop focusing on what others think and start focusing on what God thinks.
Only one person knows you completely, loves you unconditionally, and knows exactly what you’re created to do: God. Living for God rather than the approval of others simplifies your life.
Freedom comes when you look to God for approval and not anyone else. You don’t need to earn His love. You don’t need to be perfect to please Him. You can’t buy His approval or fake your way to it.
He knows everything you’ve ever done, and He loves you; totally, fully, unconditionally and overwhelmingly. You don’t need to pretend anymore.