Thursday, November 1, 2012

Getting real with Katie Ganshert

Today on Getting Real - Confessions Behind the Mask, I sought the wisdom of a dear friend and fellow author, KATIE GANSHERT. 

I asked Katie : When you hear the phrase “Get Real”, what does it mean to you?

Here's what she said:

Getting real, to me, means foregoing the small talk and the easy stuff. It means taking off the masks I think we’re all so adept at wearing—or is that just me?—and being the person we are beneath the makeup. The person who has struggles and fears and hang-ups and doubts and ugly spots and beauty spots and gifts and passions and everything in between.

Getting real is doing life—raw, gritty, beautiful, challenging life—together.

None of us are perfect. We’re all a mess. Yet we’re conditioned to hide away the ugly and magnify the good, especially in church world. Which is quite sad. Because how can we—the bride of Jesus—ever be the hands and feet of Christ if we’re being dishonest with the hurting world He’s so desperately trying to woo?

Now….once I figure out how to do this, I’ll let you know how that goes. ;-) Because honestly, getting real is scary. Freeing, but frightening too.

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 Thanks Katie! Great advice. 

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  1. So happy to be here, Betsy! Love the new site!! You, my dear, are one of those friends that I hardly ever see, but you make taking the mask off so easy. Love how real you are.

  2. This is great!! All of it.
    A breath of fresh air.

  3. Fun post. I don't ever want to be perceived as a fake! (which often means I leave awkward comments on blogs). I don't think I could live a lie if I tried to, but I know people who do and their lives get sooo messed up. I'm with you gals--let's drop the facades and be ourselves!