- They act nice to you... but talk nasty about you when you walk away.
- They pretend to have it all together (making me feel like a dolt), but really they are falling apart... just like the rest of us.
- They pretend to be "THE BEST" spouse, parent, friend, associate, leader, whatever... but really, they are beyond flawed and their relationships are a disaster.
- They pretend to be a Christian... they talk big, but walk small.... clutching their "faith" in a tightly-held fist and waving it front of everybody. But their faith is fake... plastic... like the little Plastic Jesus they grasp.
I've posted several videos by IgniterMedia on this blog - largely because they "get" everything I'm thinking. This one about "Plastic Jesus" is no exception:
Stop pretending!! You don't have to be the PERFECT person/spouse/friend/parent/child/etc. You just have to be YOU... flawed, screwed-up, YOU. Because believe me, all of your friends are flawed and screwed up too.
I am a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatic... as in I own all of the episodes, have action figures, posters, and other prop-replicas... scary, I know! One of my favorite episodes is called Earshot. In this, Buffy is tainted by a demon's blood and is suddenly able to hear everyone's thoughts... all of the time. She overhears what she thinks is a plot to murder kids at school and finds herself in the school's bell tower with one of the school nerds who is brandishing a high-powered rifle. This is an excerpt from her speech to him (before she disarms him):
Stop doing that!
Stop saying my name like we're friends.
We're not friends. You all think I'm an
idiot. A short idiot.
You think I just want attention?
No, I think you're in the bell tower
with a high powered rifle because you
want to blend in. Believe it or not, Jonathan,
I understand. About the pain.
Oh, right. 'Cause the burden of being
beautiful and athletic, that's a crippler.
I'm sorry, I was wrong. You are an idiot.
suck beyond the telling of it. More than
I can stand sometimes. And not just me.
Every single person down there is
ignoring your pain because they're way
too busy with their own. The beautiful
ones, the popular ones, the guys that
pick on you... everyone.