Do you remember the slang word “fronting”?
Also, am I telling my age by even knowing this term? lol
The slang term “fronting’”(a popular term in the 90s and early 2000s) was used whenever someone was misrepresenting themselves. A more dictionary definition states that fronting is the foremost part or surface of something.
Fronting basically means you’re pretending. You’re pretending to be someone you’re not or to have something that you don’t. Some of us have truly mastered this concept. We have become the GREAT PRETENDERS. WE pretend to be in happy, healthy relationships; we pretend to work nice, fulfilling jobs—- we even pretend to have money that we don’t have.
NEWS FLASH, though!
God knows when we are pretending and God can’t bless who we PRETEND to be.
Mark 2:17 says “Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
You can’t heal what you don’t reveal, ya’ll. Are you sick but pretending to be healthy? Are you portraying a false image to your loved ones? Ask yourself “why?”
- Is it to impress others? If so, STOP.
- Is because you’re ashamed of your true self? If so, DON’T BE.
- Is it because you really don’t know who you really are yet/your identity? If so, READ YOUR BIBLE and find out.
Many times we pretend to appear strong — to show our own strength or abilities. However, the problem comes when we try to do things in our own strength. Philippians 2:13 reads “for it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Pretending is not only unhealthy and deceitful on our Christian journey— but it’s also tiring. So I say to you today- Take that mask off ya’ll! Let those closest to you see the real you. I’m not saying tell any and everyone your business but I am recommending that you be authentic, that you allow transparency at times when the Holy Spirit guides you to do so. This way, people can see the light inside of you. This way, that people can see the work that God has done and is doing through you.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. — Philippians 1:6
You never know—- someone else’s breakthrough might be tied to what we thought was a “breakdown”. One of the reasons we go through things sometimes is to be able to empathize and help others in their time of need.
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