The simple, sawdust filled Velveteen rabbit was trying to understand what “real” is. the Skin Horse tells him, “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?”, asks the rabbit.
“Sometimes. When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or who have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Being real is when we experience God’s love and receive His love in the deepest way. We become real. We may not look pretty anymore. People see the flaws, the scars, the ugly past but the beauty is so much greater, so much deeper now. We no longer hide behind religion or false pretense. We no longer hide behind our nice “stuff” we own. We just own up to all our junk and the ugly shines beautiful. The beauty isn’t seen by all. It is seen mostly by those who want to be real too. Those who are real too. Those who have received the love too.
I want to be real. Don’t you?