But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.
Philippians 3: 20-21
What does it mean to be real?
Being "real" is the result of being transformed by the love of God. It's not about wealth, or beauty, or power. Heck, most of the time it's suffering, failing, and waiting. Maybe that's why we sometimes miss it. I think the wise old horse in the classic children's story The Velveteen Rabbit says it well. As he explained to the stuffed bunny:
‘It doesn't happen all at once…You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.'
Be real. Open yourself up to God and His transforming power.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.