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The Downside of Real People

February 28, 2018

I meet more fake people than I do real people. Let me explain. I interact mainly with Christians (not too proud of this, but it's true). And I have come to discover that in general, Christians are not very good at being vulnerable. I think it’s mainly because we have so many expectations for perfection and fail to understand the real gospel (but that is another post).  As a result of fear of rejection, we put on a front and hide the real us. 

 

This morning I was thinking about real people. By real I mean:

  • Honest

  • Non-pretentious 

  • Authentic

  • Vulnerable

  • Non-secretive  

  • What you see is who they are

  • Secure in their imperfection 

 

They can be so refreshing to be around. But as wonderful as that is, they are some other less pleasant realities of real people. They are often…

  • REALly messy when they share their issues openly 

  • REALly disruptive to the status quo

  • REALly wound your pride when they tell the truth

  • REALly difficult to work with 

  • REALly annoying when they say things you'd rather stay covered up 

  • REALly threatening to power seeking leaders 

  • REALly unable to go with the flow without questioning things

  • REALly not a fit in places where shit is supposed to stay hidden or where you aren’t even allowed to say the word “shit”, much less talk about it.  

 

Real people are rare and precious….and I think it’s partly because most of us don’t know how to handle them. We’ve never learned how to. 

 

Soon I will post 5 tips for responding to people that make us cringe. 

 

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