What we fear the most is not sin, disease, or death. What we most fear isn’t rejection, judgment or abandonment. Nor do we fear failure, being laughed at, criticized or judged.
More than anything, what we fear most is being seen as we really are.
Because it takes courage to show ourselves when we feel the most unattractive, lonely, or confused. Or when we’re feeling ashamed, scared, alone, helpless, lost, angry, broken, unloved, misunderstood, and hurt.
It takes courage to go beyond our personalities, masks, or social constructs, and show the unpolished, unprepared, and raw version of ourselves. To finally have to admit to ourselves and others, ‘This is who I am.’
It takes courage to ask others to love us for who, what and where we are now and not for whom, what or where they would like us to be.
It takes courage to invite love’s light into our hearts and, as uncomfortable as it might seem, let it shine in the darkest, most wounded, vulnerable, and shameful of all our places so that it can all be healed.
What we all fear the most is to be seen, heard, and felt as we really are.
Because only then shall we know the kind of love that has been secretly waiting for us inside our hearts.
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From my heart to yours,