Remember the line from Shrek, “I’m like an onion, lots of layers?” I think that’s true for all of us.  I’ve been thinking recently about how as children we’re free – free to dance, laugh, play, trust – you name it, but each and everyday of our lives as we grow into adulthood we begin to add layers to our hearts.  I don’t think we do it intentionally, instead I think those layers begin to grow on their own to protect us in some way and before you know it, what hurt us before doesn’t hurt as badly the next time, what wounded us before comes against a tougher exterior now and we find ways to survive.  Seems like a natural way to evolve as a person, right?  Wrong! Adam and Eve started this whole layering process when they hid from God.  They ran and played and danced innocent and whole with Creator God until they bought into a lie and then they began to layer, to hide.  

This is huge! This is who we are, how we respond, how we live and interact with God and everyone else.  How people experience us is based on how we’ve layered crap over our souls. God’s desire is that we “un-layer”, become pliable and transparent.  For me, I’m watching God dismantle layers over my heart, false beliefs and lies I’ve bought into, attachments even.  I long for the day that I can find my innocence again, the laughter and dance and trust of a child.  To find my relationship with Jesus like that of early Adam, walking in relationship with God – heart uncovered, vulnerable and free. It all starts with awareness.  Seeing the truth about who you are, who you’ve become and finding community with people who will help you change, people who will forcefully assist in pulling down the strongholds and back the curtain the enemy has so skillfully placed over you and the eyes of your heart.

Look for your soul, the childlike you, it’s in there behind all the years of survival, all the lies, all the scars. If you’re like me, you’re tired of settling for something less than Eden.  Jesus restores all things, and makes all things new. Now if I can just learn to dance!

About The Author

Drew Cline

Drew Cline is a passionate worshiper of Jesus, Husband of 16 years to his beautiful wife Lori, and father of two beautiful girls, Daisy and Jovie. Drew is an artist, a songwriter, a producer, a writer, a pastor, and church/worship consultant. He's been serving the church for over 20 years on staff and as a guest artist. Drew has led worship and taught at worship conferences in such great churches as Willow Creek, Saddleback, and others. In 2006 and 2007 he was the lead singer for NewSong for a little over a year, was nominated for a Dove award with “The Christmas Hope” and then released his own project called “Way Of Life” in 2007, breaking the AC top 40. He's now serving as the pastor for ROOTS church in Franklin, TN, and working as the creative director for (a mission and justice ministry). He's currently working on a new record, writing from the last few years of life experience and struggle and sharing his heart about the story God is writing him into. Drew blogs regularly at, tweets (@drewcline40) and offers all of his music and resources for whatever you want to give.