My Naked Truth

NAKED TRUTH.

Rings a bell, right? Everyone has been talking about this “Fashion Show” that has been held a few days ago by a local clothing line. Days prior to the event, I was on a bus along EDSA and saw a billboard about this. I asked my friend, “What is the point of this fashion show?” I got the answer, “To create noise.”

Lo and behold. They have created so much noise. A very loud one, actually. And it’s not the kind of noise that would damage my eardrums. It’s a noise that made its way to my heart. A noise that’s so loud that I cannot afford to be quiet. It’s disturbing. It’s distressing. I need to let it all out.

I don’t have much idea about this event, nor do I intend to know more about what happened and who were the celebrities who walked on that catwalk. I have only seen images on my feed in Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t tap on it to read what they have to say. Because I am not interested. At all. So I won’t talk about how the crowd went on as they saw every underwear piece there was.

If I play around the idea of “Naked Truth,” it gives me the impression of exposing a statement or an idea that is mainly accepted by many. Assuming that the event organizers did not just put together these two words, maybe, they were aiming to tell the whole world the truth they are believing; the truth that they are holding on to; the truth that they are embracing so tight. So.. Uhmm.. What is that truth again?

I understand that it is a fashion show of underwear. But, the last time I checked, those wardrobe pieces are worn underneath our T-shirts, pants, and what-have-you. Do you buy undergarments and wear it in public without any other clothing on? What is the point of having these shows if they are not to be seen by everyone when you wear it? Also, it is a basic human necessity that even without holding this kind of event, people would buy it just because we need it in our everyday lives.

So again, why did this clothing line had this event? Let’s go back to the statement I’m answered with: “To create noise.” Maybe it’s an advertising gimmick. (I am not sure about this one. Advertising friends, care to shed some light?) If it is, then, I can say that they did a pretty good job. It is quite evident that before, during, and after the show, they were talked about. Posts, tweets, and images made it to the headlines. It will still be for the next few days, weeks, or months. It is already written down in history. It is something one cannot simply forget.

However, I think, the whole point of this event is to give what the society wants. It is to answer the call of a sexually-hyped audience that they made a decision to appease an unquenchable thirst. It is to feed on the growing urge to satisfy the hunger of the flesh. It is all directed to “me.” Where in the whole part of the event shows the intention of baring the truth? Actually, what TRUTH was in there?

Is it the truth that we want to leave around for the future generation to talk about? Is it the truth that we can stand on and fight for until everyone turn their back on you? Is it the truth that we urge to spread so that others can be lifted up while they’re on the verge of giving up? Please. Tell me. What do they mean by Naked Truth?

We have this famous phrase that says, “The truth will set you free.” Indeed, it will. Only, and only if, you know what is the truth, and where to look for it.

The truth is that, mankind is created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27). Basically, we don’t have any right to distort this reality, or in any way lower the standard that God has for us.

The truth is that, it is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:8). You were released from the chains of sin. The precious blood of Jesus was shed to cleanse you. He said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) And because this is so, I say, it’s time to break free from the lies we have all grown accustomed with. We should stop chasing the things that took the place of the Almighty God in our lives. Stop the immorality. Let go of selfishness. Crush your pride. You don’t need those where you are supposed to be.

The truth is that, God loves you so much. So much that He gave His only Son for you to have an eternal life (John 3:16). This is not some famous verse that we see everywhere. It is the living truth of life. Of my life. Of your life. If it wasn’t for the love of the Father and the blood of the Son, you and I wouldn’t be here today.

Think again. To whom are you living for? What is the influence you want to leave behind? Where do you decide to go?

For me, I don’t want the naked truth. I want the living truth. I want the One who lights the way for me. I want the One who embraces me despite my imperfections. I want the One who carries me when I can no longer continue. I want the One who understands my wordless groans. I want the One who tirelessy whispers His love for me. I want the One whom I can always run to. And you know what? As much as I would desire Him for the rest of my life, and in the eternity that awaits, that won’t compare to His level of affection for me. It can never be surpassed by anything. And that, my friends, is the ultimate truth.

Jesus Christ is the truth. My truth. I give my life to Him because He knows how to take care of it. He knows its purpose. He knows who I am. No fashion show, no ridiculous statement, no other else can say otherwise.

How about you? Who (or what) is your truth?

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Faith.

How can you tell someone that “It’s all part of God’s plan,” when they are hurting, when they are blinded by their own pain, when they are deceived by the world’s lies?

Simple.

Faith.

I am sure that you believe it, that you’re saying it, because you have experienced it. You can never tell other people how you got addicted to an ice cream flavor, or got hooked up with a television series if you haven’t gotten a taste of it, or watched an episode or two.

Just like faith. You can’t show others how it works if you don’t know how to start, where to start.

I will be honest that I was once imprisoned by the darkness that embraces those who are empty. I didn’t believe that everything was according to plan because I don’t want to accept that I lost something, that I’m letting go of an “important” thing in my life.

I was wrong.

We are impatient. In this world, we want instant results because we try to keep up with the pace. We fear that if we don’t have it now, it’ll be gone, forever.

But have you asked yourself, “Was it meant to be mine?” Yes, maybe. Then why it’s taken away from you?

Because you are to be handed with what is truly yours. You are to be given with what you deserve. You need to see who knows what’s best for you.

Nothing in this world is ours. Your house, your car, your job, your money, even your body is not yours. Everything is God’s! Our pain, our struggles, our frustrations; He even tells us to give it all to Him, and He’ll give us rest (Matthew 11:28). Now, wouldn’t you agree to a deal like that?

I may be one of those people you heard from who says, “God has a plan for you,” or “Trust in Him. He knows what He is doing.” Then maybe, you are one of those who answered, “If that’s the case, then why am I hurting?,” or “I don’t need anybody.”

Friend, I can’t answer all of your questions. I’m human, too, you know. I feel the same emotions that you have, and I’m going through life just like everybody else. But if there’s one thing that I’m sure of, it’s that we are all children of God, and we are part of His Kingdom. He even said that He has plans for us, plans to prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). If you can handle written examinations, thesis defenses, work escalations, business rejections, and relationship denials, imagine how easy it can get when you keep in mind that a Savior died on the cross to save you, then lives again to see you succeed in life.

I know it’s hard. I know it hurts. I know it’s unfair. But self-pity and doing nothing will get you nowhere. Only God knows what will happen to you. It is a very wise decision to trust in Him, even if He only shows you a glimpse of it. He doesn’t reveal to us everything because it takes heart and a firm “Yes, Lord!” to carry out a mission from the Kingdom.

Live in faith. Live in hope. Live in Jesus Christ. Only then you will understand why you can still give thanks even though it hurts. 🙂