The Naked Bandwagon


Sometimes, I have weird dreams. My dreams will often have a Matrix or Alice in Wonderland feel to them. Last night I experienced one of these dreams. I can only remember bits and pieces of it.

The overriding theme of last night’s dream was…brace yourselves…walking around naked. I was going through my day with a bunch of other naked people. Let me assure you, I did not take any happy pills before going to bed last night…not even Benadryl.

If you know me personally (in real life), you would know I would not be the first one to jump on the naked bandwagon. If I was bored on a summer afternoon, I wouldn’t be the first one to suggest to my group of friends that we go find a nude beach to hang out at for the day. Nope…not me.

But, in my dream, I was completely content being naked. I was encouraging others to be content with their nakedness.

See, I told you it was a weird dream.

But, the more I think about this dream, the more I realize the theme makes perfect sense. Because the one thing I am passionate about, is building a community around being open and vulnerable. Despite all our blemishes and imperfections, there is beauty found in living life naked and completely exposed. There is freedom in this way of life. So, in a sense, I would be the first to jump on the naked bandwagon.

I don’t mind sharing my struggles if it will encourage someone else. In fact, I love sharing with others where I used to be and where I am now. I love sharing the journey of how God took one broken life and put it back together. And, it all starts and ends with being naked before an all-knowing God.

So, is there any flaw in your life that you are covering up and pretending doesn’t exist?

What are you running or hiding from?

Let me encourage you to bring whatever you might be struggling with out into the light. There’s incredible healing found when we become willing to strip off our masks of perfection and share our weaknesses with others!

But everything exposed by the light becomes visibleβ€”and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. (Ephesians 5:13)

14 thoughts on “The Naked Bandwagon

  1. thequietandquirky

    Amen, Sister. The question to ask is what is accomplished by wearing our masks and not being our true selves? Aren't we all in need of God's grace and but for that, we'd be wallowing in a pit anyway. Why not glorify Him in letting others see how His ways are what makes our life good – not our own walls and masks making us great on the outside, but miserable on the inside.

    πŸ™‚

    Chris

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  2. arnyslight

    Wow…this is akward. J/K!!!

    I hate being Naked! lol

    akhem…spiritualy speaking!

    I don't like to do it…but…
    I know i'm already exposed to Jesus…
    why not help someone out who is in the same boat as me…

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  3. Eileen

    Chris, great thoughts. The longer we wear the mask, the longer we delay healing. God seeks to offer us so much more.

    Arny, it can be a challenge to be vulnerable but the more willing we become to open up the more it just becomes a part of who we are. And then the more we desire to step out because we watch God use that obedience for His glory!

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  4. Heidi

    Eileen, this is so wonderfully insightful. I so don't want to be naked before others… in the skin showing sense, but I do want to be open and vulnerable before God and others as I share my testimony. What an awesome dream and your interpretation is right on… love it!

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  5. Lisa

    Eileen, I think it's hard to for me to be naked both physically and spiritually. But God is helping me to take off the masks I have worn for so long and I'm learning to let the "real" me shine through. Thanks for this encouragement today.

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  6. Kelli

    This picture makes me want to go to the beach! Yes, I used to be a "stuffer." A stuffer of all I was ashamed of. But God can take our setbacks and use them to set up our life for spiritual significance…if we will let Him!

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  7. Kristin Bridgman

    I used to hide our prodaglism. I didn't want people to judge us. We were, after all a closeknit, homeschooled, loving, Christian family serving the Lord. How could this happen to us? I still don't know. But sharing it has brought healing. The blog has brought others out in the open with the same thing and no judgments whatsoever. Just blessings in meeting these people and ministering and praying for one another. We are to share, not to hide. If this is being naked, then off with it all! πŸ™‚

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  8. Tiffini

    lol..you got me with naked. That was my tag line for quite awhile..I still love it! I am with you 100%!
    To ME..only me..being naked..taking our broken lives and letting God help us put them back together ..in community is what the "church" is about. Not a building only. A place where we can share the things we are hiding with trustworthy people..safe people..not just any old body:) without judgement..cause like it or not..even christians have secrets just like non christians…brace myself…lol!
    xo

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  9. Kandi

    Eileen,

    You had me a naked, I thought to myself, self, did she change her blog and not tell anyone? There was once a time where I used to hide my struggles, and my vulnerabilities, now I let them all hang out, not literally speaking of course, but makes people feel like they can open with me, I am not going to judge because more than likely I have been there, I get it. I love it when people share their stories and then at the end they add, but God… I love that.

    Blessings to you Eileen

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