Okey, let’s be honest. I think most of us are pretty good at holding up masks in front of other people. Way too many times I’m an expert at it. I’ve worked on it quite a lot the last years and, by God’s grace, I’m much better at not doing it now than I was earlier in life. But sometimes the masks are still there. The last months I’ve been pretty good at holding up my masks, but I’m tired of it. So let’s be honest.
The last six-months haven’t been the easiest ones in my life. I’ve been really tired, in many different ways. I’ve felt really weak. A lot of times I’ve felt lonely. For example I’ve have to do with the grief after a relatives event of death, the aftermaths of not taking good care of myself for a long time and a lot of changes in life (I’m not really best friend with transition periods). It’s been hard, and, a lot of days, it still is. But the last weeks, when I’ve felt like a whole lot have been shaking in my life – God has shown me, by His grace, that He’s still there. Even when I’m struggling to spend time with Him. Even when I’m angry at Him. Even when life’s hard. God is still there. He’s still good. I just need His grace to be able to see that.
No, I don’t think it’s healthy to tell everyone everything that’s going on in our lives or everything about how we’re doing. I do think that it’s wise to choose which people we keep close. But I do think we can be a little bit more honest to each other. I want to be able to say; “It’s not my best day!” or “It could be better!” instead of “I’m totally fine!” when someone asks me how I’m doing and the honest answer is that I’m not fine. And I want to make sure I have a few people that I allow myself to be close to and to talk to when life is hard. I’m way too bad at making sure to talk to the ones close to me when I’m not fine, but I hope I’ll get better at it, because we sure are better off together than on our own.
No, not everything is bad in my life and I’m not writing this because I want people to feel sorry for me. I don’t want that and there are lots of good things in my life too. I’m very grateful for my God, friends, family, church and work. God is doing a lot in me right now (and have been doing a lot during these months) and it’s, sometimes, hard but very beautiful. I’m so looking forward to see how the work He’s doing in me right now will look like when it’s complete. I’m sure it’ll be so very good. There are a lot of good things in life and lots to be grateful for. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be honest with life being both good and hard.
I don’t know how you are doing today or in this season of your life. Maybe you’re doing better than ever. Maybe it’s the hardest season in your life yet. Regardless of how you’re doing, I hope you know that it’s okey to be fine, but it’s also okey to not be fine. It’s okey to laugh, but it’s also okey to cry. It’s okey to tell people how you’re doing. It’s more than okey to tell God how you’re doing. I hope that you know that you’re not alone regardless of how life looks like. I hope you know that there’s always hope and that life won’t always be the way it is right now. I hope you know that God is good through it all. I sure have a hard time remembering this myself, but let’s help each other to remember, because we sure can’t do this life on our own. Maybe together is the only way to take another step forward.