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Have you ever thought… that each person’s “real” life is relatively “real” to them, but might not “appear” as “real” to those around them? Truth is, we all “fake” life from time to time. We guard our thoughts and words one moment to best suit our surroundings and situations only to “freely” express them when we think the opportunity best presents itself for us to unleash our opinions, right or otherwise. Many people could on the surface level consider that person as not “Being Real”.

After all, what is… “Being REAL”? We all have a filter of life experiences, values and lessons learned that help us gauge the authenticity of the relationships we are involved in. Thus, the realness factor can be as diverse as all the variables that combine to create that filter.

Maybe, the better question is… who gets to determine what is REAL and what REAL isn’t? There is One, Who Authored Life as we know it. In fact, our very origin begins with His spoken word. He fully knows what REAL is. After all, He created it. According to one very popular book, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The New Living Translation goes so far as to say that we are God’s masterpiece. What an amazing thought! Can you see yourself this way?

Here is a suggested view to consider. When trying to gauge the authenticity of the connections you have with those around you, attempt to view it from God’s perspective. The closer you are in relationship with Him, the more His perspective becomes your own. This doesn’t guarantee you will always get it right, but it does lessen your chances of getting it wrong. His character is TRUE, His LOVE is Unconditional, He VALUES every person you come into contact with. The challenge is applying consideration for the “REALNESS” of others even when it doesn’t make it through your own perspective filter. Valuing others for the way God see’s them is a choice. Remember, He knows you better than you know yourself. It is also true that He knows them better than you do. He has the BEST filter. How do you want to be viewed… “Real” or “Fake”? Shouldn’t we extend that same opportunity to others as well? God sees you as fearfully and wonderfully made. And that’s FOR REAL THOUGH!