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Welcome to Belovedgems, a blog about building a bridge between faith and mental health. The author rooted in her faith , her old-soul leads her into adventures to seek spreading hope into the world through a couple of written words.

What if we were real…

By Joshua Sustache
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

I remember a conversation I had with a friend last year.  We met up after I had told him I was concerned about where his life was heading. In the middle of the conversation, he mentioned he didn’t want to talk about a few pass decisions he had taken. I understood; privacy is important. However, what struck me the most was when he added, “I don’t want to talk about it because it’s done.”  This brought me to wonder, does our past make our present? It all made me realize his attitude was on defense mode. Is it truly done, and have you completely moved on or are you too afraid of showing your own scars to others, I thought.
I drove home thinking I didn’t want to act the same way. Scars aren’t pretty. They open wounds that are not easily removed; however, I see mine differently today. They are a part of me, of my journey, and of the person I am today.  As the body of Christ we are called to not judge each other but to love. Sadly, I understand where he is coming from and it is easier said than done.  Opening up is not easy, nor fun.

Now don’t get me wrong. A mistake is a mistake; however, as a Christian, I realize that God is using those mistakes to shape, mold, and sharpen us.  I think what I love more about Jesus was his character. Plenty of times the Bible shows him being transparent, honest, and even blunt.  He hated hypocrisy yet he loved at all times.  He appreciated listening to other people’s stories and speaking his mind.
I deeply believe we are called to not only listen but to also speak, to be real, and not be afraid of our own past.  God has made us with strengths and weakness so we can balance each other.  So, go ahead, be real. Imagine what would happen if people knew your story.  Maybe they would identify themselves with it.  It’s time to take off our masks, no one’s perfect anyways.  I am beauty from dirty ashes, how about you?

Joshua Sustache is film and music lover. Raised in the island of Puerto Rico but now resides in Southern California. He likes to travel to far away lands, eat exotic food, and drink too much coffee and sweets.  You can connect with Joshua on twitter:

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