Posted by Mike Foster:
Confession: For a long time I didn’t want to post this photo.
Was it that these two words strip away all the political correctness and fake piousness?
Was it the words “Fuck Up?” The cutting? The blood? Actually, it was none of that obvious stuff that made me uncomfortable.
This photo made me squirm and look away because it revealed a brutally honest expression of a label…a label that too many of us believe about ourselves.
In all it’s blatant rawness it represents a bitter truth that you and I struggle with. A label that myself and too many of my friends have accepted about who we are.
No matter what we do and no matter how hard we try, grace never seems to cover what we have carved into our souls.
And that is why I want to look away. The photo hits too close to home.
But I also believe if we bravely share our stories together, we can all discover the liberation of who we truly really are. And that we are not alone. And that these nasty little labels lie.
We need to be reminded together that we are passionately loved and accepted. We don’t have to prove anything or defend ourselves anymore. For what we did or didn’t do. We are who we are…we are a glorious and unashamed second chance in the making.