Most of the time we find ourselves trying to feel and be something that we are not in order to fit into the surroundings that we are.

We smile when we are sad, and act like our lives are perfect when in fact nothing seems to be going okay.

I’ve noticed this quite a lot in many churches were positivity and being constantly happy is the moto, and so people feel that they always have to reflect these attributes.

But what I’ve come to realise is that when the emotions are just too much to hide behind a smile, it becomes easier to avoid places and or people that ‘require’ us to be happy, not knowing it is okay to present ourselves as we are, without pretence.

Even in churches where happiness welcomes, it is also acceptable to surrender sadness at the altar.

It is actually a sign of strength to show imperfection, especially in this life where people aim to show-off how perfect their lives are.

This painting signifies that there is hope (colour) in a life (face) full of sadness, and where there is beauty, tears can also reside, and in life where perfection is showcased there are still countless flaws behind the scenes.

So just be what you are, feel what you are and don’t be afraid to show what you feel.

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. 

Without Pretence