Reposted from Leading & Living From The Inside Out
We all have our fig leaves. It started with Adam and Eve in the garden and continues with us today. All of us have the tendency to hide behind something and pretend to be someone we’re not.
Sheila Walsh did…
At one time Sheila Walsh was a well-known Christian singer, writer, and cohost of the popular Christian T.V. show, The 700 Club. Here in her own words she tells how she came face-to-face with her pretending. She writes:
“One morning I was sitting on national television with my nice suit and inflatable hairdo and that night I was in the locked ward of a psychiatric hospital. It was the kindest thing God could have done to me.”
The very first day in the hospital, the psychiatrist asked me, “Who are you?”
“I’m the co-host of The 700 Club.”
“That’s not what I meant,” he said.
“Well, I’m a writer. I’m a singer.”
“That’s not what I meant. Who are you?”
“I don’t have a clue,” I said.
And he replied, “Now that’s right and that’s why you’re here.”
John Eldredge, in his book, Wild At Heart, unveils the reality of how all of us tend to hide and pretend. He writes,
Adam knows now that he has blown it, that something has gone wrong within him, that he is no longer what he was meant to be. Adam doesn’t just make a bad decision; he gives away something essential to his nature. He is marred now, his strength is fallen, and he knows it. Then what happens? Adam hides: ‘I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid’ (Gen. 3:10). You don’t need a course in psychology to understand men [or women].
We are all hiding, every last one of us. Well aware that we, too, are not what we were meant to be, desperately afraid of exposure, terrified of being seen for what we are and are not, we have run off into the bushes. We hide in our office, at the gym, behind the newspaper and mostly behind our personality. Most of what you encounter when you meet a man is a façade, an elaborate fig leaf, a brilliant disguise.
It’s true. In one way or another—whether male or female and with whatever fig leaf we choose to do so—we all hide.
What’s your fig leaf of choice?
How you answer that question is a very revealing thing about you—and ultimately it can be a very freeing thing for you!