Friday, February 7, 2014

Which face are you wearing?

Are you the same person with the same attitudes, ways of speaking no matter who you are around?  I used to have many faces that I wore depending on the situation I was in at the time.

For example, I had a 'church face', 'work face', 'family face' and even a 'dealing with the ex' face up until the past couple of years.  I am learning that once you are healing from abuse, difficult marriages and a job you absolutely hate, you can merge all your 'faces' to be the person you truly are.  It is very difficult to be all kinds of people to those around you and it is not really healthy either.  My cousin said a couple years ago that us Walker Girls are pretty much WYSIWYG (which means what you see is what you get) type of people and at first I didn't agree with her, but now I totally whole-heartedly agree with her.

Make a list of all your 'faces' and work on which ones you want to get rid of or delve into a self-study to see why you have so many 'faces' at all.  Several of mine were part of my coping mechanism during the years of surviving and single motherhood and most of them I think I have tossed away. I was afraid to be myself at church and looking back now, I see how that hurt me in my journey to get closer to the Lord.  We must be real and transparent with God if we expect him to bless us. I mean, he knows everything anyway we truly cannot lie to him.

Today I just want to urge each of you to be true to who you are and choose your words. What you choose to say and do to others will determine your ability to increase at the office or at home.  If you want others to respect you, you must earn it.  Cussing a blue streak every day at the office doesn't get you a promotion and makes others around you very uncomfortable.  So today I am choosing to pray for my co-workers (all 8 of them) so that we can all get healthy again. Several of us have been sick with bronchitis, colds, walking pneumonia and none of us enjoying missing work because of illness.

I pray each of you have a warm safe place to lay your head and that you hold your loved ones close to you.  If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 for help.  For a 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).