Friday, February 08, 2013

Bare...

My children love to run around the house naked and they are just so darn cute when they do.  Little naked babies are amazingly adorable!  There's something about their fresh smooth skin and baby pudge that makes them lovely.

My oldest isn't quite so into this anymore.  He's still adorable to me, but he's losing some of that carefree "naked is fun" joy.  Somewhere along the way he's grown up and that means it's not quite okay to be bare all the time.


Obviously it's not okay to be bare when you get older, but I wonder about the spiritual/emotional nakedness that we learn to hide as we grow up too.

My two-almost-three year old still shows all his emotions as soon as they happen.  To be honest, so does the almost six year old for the most part, but sometimes there's a check.  Sometimes he hides just a little bit.

What happens to our souls when we think we have to hide?  To hide who we are, what we think, what we're made of. 

It's because we've learned that others judge who we are and what we think and what others think of us begins to matter.  We hide just a little more so that we can't be judged, so that we won't be found wanting.

What would it take to allow ourselves to be bare again?


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6 lovely comments:

Stacey Dawn said...

Hi there = popping over from Lisa-Jo's. Great post and something I truly resonate with and even wrote a little about in a different way. Adorable children you have!

Paula Barnett said...

I'm with you! I believe we should be "as children" and allow God's expression that is ours alone, to come forth each day of our lives no matter how many days of our lives we live!!!

Tim and Richelle said...

such a balance required - between being authentic but also showing moderation. we want to be real, but i don't know that i really want to let everything hang out, uncensored, unedited... know what i mean?

Alia Joy said...

I think before God we need to be as naked as the day we were born. But it is a balance of authenticity and realness as we grow up and learn the appropriate way to handle ourselves fully clothed. It's interesting to watch children isn't it? How unaware they are. I long for the day when we will carry no shame. Thanks for sharing your thoughts this week.

Melissa H said...

Great word! I'm pretty sure sometimes I'm too transparent, but then, doesn't that make is relatable?

Love the post and the pics.

Sarah Denley said...

So true- I'm a little to "bare" sometimes and just let my emotions flow and sometimes I think it shocks people. Great thought!