So we've all been given advice. Whether it was your mom reminding you for the tenth time to make sure you have your keys or the old folks at your church telling you what NOT to do in college, you've been given advice.
Same here. But I received the best and most simple advice awhile ago and it sticks with me.
It sticks with me through the days and nights. Through thick and thin. And most certainly it sticks with me at work or relaxing.
It's simple. Be bold, be brave, be raw and be real.
Be a saint.
Easy enough right? Or if you're me, not so much.
If you're anything like me (and I'm going to go out on a limb and say you are) you likely make mistakes. Instead of be bold, you're cowardly. Instead of being brave and venturing into the world, you stay back and hide. Instead of being raw and real you conceal and obsfuscate, never giving yourself away.
In other words, you're never putting yourself at risk.
which is pretty much the only determining factor that every saint has in common.
There are big saints, thin saints, tall saints, small saints, fierce saints, meek saints and a thousand more kinds I can't even think of.
But everyone of them has one thing in common. Other than a love of God obviously. And that's the fact that they risked something.
They were real. They were brave and bold. And oh goodness were they raw.
Let me explain.
I'm not talking raw like your meat. That would be gross. I'm saying, these saints cut themselves open, to the bone, for the Lord and their brothers and sisters in Christ.
They didn't put just their heart on their sleeve. Hey put their soul out there and trusted in God.
They were brave and bold, giving up lives of comfort for the greatness that we are called to seek.
They were so real. They were real because they shone with something otherworldly. Something that transcends what we have here.
We look around us and often we wonder about "fake people, fake news and fake stuff."
And we're obsessed with that stuff. I am at least. I mean fake news reports said there were giant pythons in Lake Monroe (there are none by the way).
But there's more. And we want more. Maybe we can't put a name on it yet. Maybe we can't even say it's God we're seeking yet. But by taking that advice I've talked about we can start on the right path.
So be bold, be brave, be raw and most certainly be real.