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Amber Skies

It is incredible what photoshop can do for a photo and with minimal effort. The above photo was taken a few months ago on a warm winter day. There were no clouds in the sky, and the sun brought the temperature into the mid-sixties.With a few clicks of the keyboard, I added some storm clouds on the horizon with rays of sunshine shining down onto the brown landscape. It changes the whole dimension of the photo.  In other words, it hides what is underneath the clouds.

I did not enjoy my school years, especially the high school years. I had very low self-esteem, and I didn’t have many friends. I was shy and distant with people, especially those I did not know very well. And. when it came to girls, I just ignored them completely. I went on a few dates during high school and even after, but they never lasted because I had so little confidence in myself I just pulled away. I was always afraid that I would do or say something that would make me look stupid.

When I was about twenty, my parents opened the first of four small grocery stores, and I was forced to deal with my shyness and deal with it quickly. I had to come out of my shell and converse with complete strangers, even the female ones. Then a year later we opened our second store, and guess who was put in charge of it. Things then began to change, a year later I was married and the store was becoming one of the top stores of its kind. Much of its success was due to its location but at least part of it was because I was forced to come out of my shell. I developed a sense of humor (much to my wife’s chagrin) and I became more comfortable around people.

I’m still naturally a very shy person, but I have learned to cover the shyness up so much that when I tell people I am really uncomfortable around people I don’t know they don’t believe me. I still get nervous when I am talking to someone I don’t know, but I have learned to overcome that and at least have the pretence that I am at ease.

I tried so hard to not let people know who I really was that I became someone that I didn’t like, once I was forced to show people  the real me, I began to feel more comfortable with myself and began acting more naturally (again to my wife’s chagrin).

God made me who I am, and he wants me to be proud of myself but humble enough to admit that I am not perfect. It’s ok if people see me with all my imperfections, because they are imperfect as well.

God loves us just the way we are. We don’t need to hide behind a cloud so he can’t see our faults; he knows them regardless. He wants us to love who we are because we are how he made us.

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