How much effort and time do you spend trying to be someone you aren’t? No, I am not talking about my football buddies who still think they can play, or the many other things that time takes away from us. I’m talking about pleasing a group of friends by pretending to be who you aren’t. By acting happy when you are incredibly sad, or going out partying when you really want to read a book? We all succumb to pressures to be who we aren’t, and we shouldn’t beat each other up about it. However, we should always remember that God created us in a certain way, and he/she thinks we are perfect the way we were made.
Morris West wrote a novel called “The Clowns of God.” It was about a pope who was imprisoned in a monastery, but the “clowns of God” were special needs children who were always happy. The pope called them clowns because they made God laugh and so very happy. In God’s eyes the children were very special.
This Lent spend sometime in meditation and prayer asking yourself and God who am I and how to I cast aside all that keeps me from being that person that God created. You may not be able to run a 4.2 forty, but you might be surprised to find out who you are inside of all that armor you put on during the years to protect you from society.