“I always thought it was what I wanted to be loved and admired…. now I think I’d like to be known.” — The Nightingale
The idea of being truly known is something I’ve been pondering for a couple weeks now. My thoughts have been prompted by a reflection on our generation and the roadblocks to true intimacy that we face. For example, fear, shame, technology, false identity we present through social media, etc…
I’ve heard it said multiple times that one of our deepest desires as human beings is to be known.
I’ve heard it said multiple times that one of our deepest desires as human beings is to be known. The older I get, the more I agree with this. We all have a desire for someone to see our truest, deepest self and to be loved and accepted. The fear of not being accepted, understood, or valued stands in the way of building true intimacy with those around us. So we push aside our own voice and adopt the newest catch phrase. We hide our ordinary with perfectly staged pictures. We proofread a text or post dozens of times to avoid coming across any way but perfectly eloquent. The result of all this is relationships that aren’t intimate or genuine. We live our lives of anonymity. This isn’t groundbreaking news to anyone; we’re all aware that intimacy is slowly becoming an ideal rather than a reality in our generation.
…there is a perfect solution to this problem and his name is Jesus.
The reason I’m fixated on this, the reason I think so many are bothered by this reality is because it goes against our deepest desire — to be known. Oddly enough, as I think about this truth, I’m overcome by such extreme joy. This joy comes from knowing that this isn’t a hopeless situation. In fact, there is a perfect solution to this problem and his name is Jesus.
He is the answer to fear, loneliness, shame, doubt…. He not only knows each and every single one of us deeply, He invites us into intimate relationship with him. He doesn’t want our perfectly posed pictures or our facade of confidence. He wants unedited, raw, imperfect us.
The solution to our desire to be known and loved is Jesus.
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