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I came in to church hurried and scattered.   My mind raced with all the things I needed to do, I should be doing, and I had forgotten to do.

I was running late again!  It always seems to be the case for me on Sunday mornings.  No matter what I do.  I try, I really do.

“At least I am here before the service official starts, and they begin singing the first song.” I thought to myself.

Pastor Jerry was in the back of the Sanctuary that Sunday morning as I came rushing through the door, and he just looked at me, that telling smile on his face and a knowing in his eyes.

He stopped me and said:

“What’s your number?” …..

“…. uhhhhh ….   I don’t know,” I respond.

“Sure you do,” he replied, “What’s your number!?” ….

If you didn’t know Pastor Jerry Tyler, then you may not know that he was famous for always asking people, “How are you doing?


Most would reply with the pat “Fine.”  But Pastor Jerry wouldn’t stop there, He went on to ask for a number.  On a scale of 1-10, if he asked, you were to give him a number.  Once you gave him a number, he would simply ask, “What would it take to move it one more number higher?”


That morning like so many before and after, Jerry knew things weren’t a 10.  I don’t have a poker face.  Guess it’s a good thing I don’t play poker then isn’t it.  Hahaha..


Most of the time, Jerry didn’t even ask me how I was doing, he just went straight to the number. When you have a relationship that spans years, and you serve together in ministry, you can bypass some of the pleasantries and cut to the heart of the matter.


Pastor Jerry, had a true heart for people, and he was a man who noticed things.  He knew when things weren’t right, even when you said they were.  He was a man, who didn’t let people get away with putting a smile on their face and say everything is ok.  Pastor Jerry was a man who wanted real.  He was real, and he wanted you to be real.  He was a “what you see is what you get” kinda guy.



I am not sure if you have been following my friends and my series on perseverance, but something my friend Holly said in her post Tuesday struck a chord with me.  Maybe because putting on masks is something I spent many years of my own life doing.  I would put on masks to hide the pain underneath so you nor anyone else could see what was on the inside.  If you missed any of our series, it’s not too late to join in, we are only on week 2 of a 8 week series.

Just Click on the pictures below to read.

Post #1 – Perseverance Series: Bravely                   Overcoming Fear by Mary Geisen


Post #2 – Perseverance Series:  To Persevere in Recovery by Holly Barrett


Next Tuesday, join me right here on the blog for my  wonderful friend Patricia Krank as she shares about Persevering in Prayer.

This past Tuesday, Holly started her post with this:

I saw a meme online the other day that basically said a beautiful smile hides an injured soul so that no one can really tell how broken you are.

Can you see why it struck a chord with me?  I hope it does with you too.

I say, it’s time we all take our masks off and let the world see who we really are.

No more pretending its ok when it’s not.

No more smiles when we want to cry.

No more perfect hair, or perfect faces, instead just us, real and raw.

The only way to help one another is to let each other in.

The only way to let each other in is to be real.

Let’s all take off the masks we wear and let the real us step forward.



I know I can hear some of you gasping for air.  I can hear some of your rebuttals:

“But I can’t trust everyone.”

“Some women are just plain mean.”

“They are just waiting for me to mess up.”

“They will see I am not perfect and that I don’t have it all together.”

Oh I could go on, but you get the picture…..

You are right, sadly, we can’t trust everyone, but we can trust God.  He is one that we trust to show us people we can take our masks off with.  Be smart, and yet, you must be willing to take a risk!

You are right, some women are just plain mean, and some are just waiting for you to mess up. But you can’t change them, you can only change you!

You are right – they will see you are not perfect and that you don’t have it all together. But who cares, I don’t know about you, I don’t want fake – I want authenticity.


Let’s be real, we all have “stuff” and no is perfect and no one has it all together. We can try and fool people with our masks, but the truth is, we are only fooling ourselves.

Let’s choose today, to take the masks off together.

Are you ready?

So …

What’s your number?  And then what would it take to move it up at least one higher?




If you want to read more about PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR, the author of the poem, click on his name.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)

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