i saw this quote today and really love it.

"Fear often makes us want to impress others."

The reason I really love this so much is because today at lunch with a young twentysomeone we talked about this exact issue. We thought about how tangled faith, trust, vulnerability, identity and performance are connected. How often do we feel like we can't be our "true" selves because the environment we are in will judge us? We do live in the ultimate freedom of Christ, not culturally rebellious, but culturally different, and from that we are free to be our "true" selves. When we are afraid, we want to impress others, rather than be divinely gifted selves.

I found that quote here: http://www.nfib.com/object/IO_28481.html

until next time....

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