I'm afraid people won't like me if they really know who I am!
Have you ever felt that way? We put on a mask of what we think people want to see. There are two things wrong with that:
1) God gave us our story. Whatever you have been through has made you who you are. Your story could help countless others! By hiding behind untruth you are masking the story of what God has done for you.
2) Everyone else already knows who you are and what you're going through. When we hide from truth, we are mostly just hiding from ourselves. Ask a few friends and you will find out they know about your fears and failures already. Guess what? They're still friends.
Jesus spoke to a woman at a well in Samaria in John chapter 4. Did you know that because of her willingness to go into town and tell her story that many came out and saw Jesus?! Many were saved that day all because one woman was willing to reveal her true self to others.
May God bless your story today.