He said “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or 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.” – The Velveteen Rabbit.
You become. The crappy things that happen to you in life, that you just don’t understand and don’t really deserve rub off your velvet fur and stain your pretty, pink satin ears. You are becoming every time you come to your knees before God unable to form words. You are becoming when you you learn how to make twenty dollars last until your next paycheck. You are becoming when it is 2am and your are laughing so hard that you’re crying in the car with your girlfriends. You become when you start leaving your childish ways behind you; when you take a deep breath and face the world when all you really want to do is quit school and drive home. And what matters the most is that there is One who is loving your shabby fur off your cotton stuffed tummy, and stretching and pulling your worn fabric until the day that you become Real. He loves us in a way that makes our torn and tattered outside beautiful. He takes our tears and burns and turns them into loveliness.
This is for the friend who is exhausted, hurting, and ready to give up. Take heart, because the One who is called Love will pick up the broken pieces of your life and cause you to become.