“The most powerful person is the one who is being himself.” – T. M. (An old acquaintance I saw the other day for the first time in several years, completely out of the blue.)
I was recently commended for being someone who doesn’t pretend to be someone I am not. I’d like to think that’s true,
especially even if it paints me in a less than perfect light, but I can think of dozens of times I have at least tried out being someone I am not. I must concede, it just doesn’t feel right. Like the one time in high school I tried to walk up to a girl at the mall and simply ask for her number. Couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t me.
I have been through phases in my life where I tried to dress a certain way to please friends or fit a style, but I always eventually come back to being most comfortable in jeans and a sweatshirt. I once tried to dress like an older friend of mine, who liked to wear a baseball cap hooked onto her belt buckle. I know, ridiculous right? And I got a hat that looked like the one she had, but mine had a big “X” on it, but I didn’t know it stood for Malcolm X. People looked at me weird for being a goofy kid walking around wearing that hat, but I just thought it looked cool. But clothes are superficial; they are only a shadow of the real person someone is.
Johnny Cabrera: Pastor Johnny is a Mexican-American guy, married to a Korean woman, with Korexican kids. Loves Jesus. Committed to youth and community engagement. Writes and plays music. Follows sports. Misses acting. Appreciates feedback. He’s also the Youth and Outreach Pastor at Trinity Church. Check out his blog at:catterflystillprocessing.wordpress.com