Have you ever heard the phrase “Fake it ‘til you make it!” thrown around?
It basically means that if you optimistically exude confidence and knowledge or expertise, eventually one day you’ll see those qualities take shape in your real life. This applies to how you dress, how you act at school, or how you make a presentation at work.
But it didn’t always work out for me. You see, when I was young, being a skateboarder was one of the coolest things I could think of to do with my life. As a child of the 80’s I watched as guys like Tony Hawk became famous by doing cool tricks on their skateboards, with rock music playing in the background.
What could be cooler, right?
The only problem was…I didn’t know a thing about skateboarding.
So like any hopeful wannabe, I did the best thing I could do and faked it.
Believe it or not, my plan actually started coming together. I got a board. I had skater friends. I went to the skatepark all the time. I even dressed like I was a skater.
But as you probably guessed, there came a time when I could no longer fool people by just chilling. So I jumped on my board and gave it my best shot…I tried dropping into a half pipe.
…You can imagine the results. Not pretty!
Lucky for me, I only came away with a few hard falls and some road rash…no broken bones. I was faking it, but in reality, I was only fooling myself. Or you might say I was getting away with it until I face-planted on the cement!
Our world tells us to fake it when we feel like we won’t make it. But God has a better plan.
Philippians 1:6 tells us, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
In other words, YOU’RE GONNA MAKE IT, not because you’re so strong and capable, but because God is mighty and able to work in you…to give you everything you need to make it through.
I find so much relief in that verse! It’s not all dependent on me and my capabilities (or you and yours). This is all about God, His Son, and His Spirit working in me to give me the strength I need to carry on.
Hear me: You don’t have to fake it anymore. Stop pretending like you’ve got it all together when you don’t.
Cry out to God in surrender, asking for Him to guide and direct your life….your money, your time, your relationships. All of it. Then watch Him do a work in you and through you.
Now it’s not all going to miraculously get fixed overnight. You’re in this for the long haul.
- You didn’t make a mess of your finances in one day and you won’t fix them in one either.
- Your marriage has been on the decline for years, it’s gonna take some time to build trust, connection, and romance again.
- And that job you hate? You’ve been there for years and now it’s time to step into something you feel passionate about. But you may need training or time to work up to the position you want.
Real change takes time.
But that’s ok. Because we wait in hope, not in despair. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
It’s all about Him, remember? And He is able.