While sitting in traffic yesterday, I noticed an interesting phenomenon. Every driver but one that passed me going in the opposite direction seemed to have their game face on. Each one had their jaw clenched and eye brows slightly burrowed creating the “you don’t want to mess with me” effect. They didn’t look angry per se, they just looked unapproachable.
How many times have you and I done that? We protect our hearts by putting on our game face to keep others away. We allow ourselves to appear unapproachable so that we don’t become vulnerable. Meanwhile, we may be avoiding the blessings that come from knowing the person we’re keeping at a distance. God uses other people to love on us and encourage our hearts. But what happens when they can’t reach us?
I’m as guilty of this as anyone. My sweet husband tells me that when I’m thinking about something or am distracted, I look angry. My eye brows burrow and are even known to rise up on one side in a disapproving manner. If you know me at all, you know that I’m a very approachable person. I’m not intimidating and I even make effort to help people feel comfortable in my presence. But my game face says otherwise!
How often do you put on your game face? Do you choose it or has it become second nature? Are you so busy keeping hurt out that your fail to allow God’s love and encouragement in? Let me tell you, if you keep people at an arm’s length, that’s exactly what you’re doing. People may not mess with you, but they don’t have the opportunity to bless you either.
Remember that I said all the drivers but one had their game face on? The one guy who didn’t was talking on his cell phone, laughing and having a great time. He was smiling from ear to ear. In fact, seeing him brought a smile to my face too. I think I want to be like that guy. While everyone else was defensive and tense, he was relaxed and overflowing with joy. Hands down, he seemed to be the one who would win the game.
So are we ready to set aside our game face and truly get into the game? We don’t have to be tough, we have to be transparent. God will take care of protecting our hearts; we just need to freely give them to Him. God knows how the game will end and He’s got our backs so let’s get in it… game on!
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18