I struggled as I attempted to write this article; to the point that I had to stop and I ask myself, why are you struggling? The answer came to me so clearly, you are not being yourself. I find it is harder to not be me.

The struggle begins when I put on a phased or – I like the term — mask.

When I try to be someone that I’m not, or convey a message that is not truly coming from within me, it brings bondage.

Being me brings a certain freedom, calmness, security, and no unneeded pressure.

I find that it makes me feel good about being me, and I can comfort, support and strengthen others better when I am genuine.

Let’s read what Jesus said in Matthew 9:10-13.

10 "And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, why eateth your master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, they that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."

The Pharisees were so busy putting on their pretense of being religious, that they could not see that one greater than themselves was right in their midst.

Jesus did not allow their life of pretense to pressure him into pretending also.

Jesus sat and ate with the plain folks, he didn’t act as if he was too holy to be with them-though he was the Holy of Holiest — and they listened to him as he loved, feed and taught them the truth. Jesus did not struggle with who he was or why he came.

Who we are is why we are. We are not who we are by accident; God did it on purpose and with a purpose. God has a plan for each of us and in order to fulfill that plan we must not be afraid be ourselves. The older generation must not be afraid to be the older generation because the older are to teach the younger. We are not their best friends, but we are their parents and Grand-parents, their teachers, counselors and instructors. The younger generation must be able to see that they can look up to, receive wisdom from and respect the older generation, and in turn this will teach them and give them a freedom to be who they are.

When we are ourselves, God can and will use us to help and minister to the needs of others.