“It’s okay to not be okay.”
I texted that to a friend the other day… (but I need to hear it too.)
And here’s the deal….It is okay to not be okay! And right now, I want you to know that if you are not okay…that is okay.
Don’t let the world tell you that you need to somehow fake it, ignore it, mask it, numb it, or deny it.
If you are going through a physical challenge, an emotional hurt, an identity crisis, a relationship struggle, a stressful dilemma or a grief process. Embrace it. Let it shape you. Let it mature you. God doesn’t want your brave face.
When we throw up our hands and accept what God has for us, we are also free to trust that He will carry us through.
You might be thinking….But I have a job to do, I have a family that depends on me, I have bills to pay, I have things to take care of….I can’t do all that unless I’m okay.
To which, all I can say is that sometimes the best way to be brave in the face of our trials is to accept them. We walk forward trying to find the fine line between being a total mess and putting on a face. We show up and do the next thing, but we don’t pretend. And here’s what happens:
We find ourselves being okay….being okay with not being okay.
So if you find yourself feeling “not okay”… press on brave one.
Also, If you know someone who is “not okay” but you see them bravely pressing on, would you encourage them today? Tell them you see them pressing on. Tell them you see them choosing to be okay with not being okay. Tell them their story matters and that you care.
Let’s hold each other up. Let’s give room for people to not be okay. Let’s help one another not by trying to fix it but let’s tell each other it’s okay to not be okay. There is grace to be found in those real moments. Grace enough for every “not okay” day.
Singing His Grace,