What does it mean to be authentic? What does it mean to live as your genuine/real/true self? When I hear the word authentic I define it as being the same you regardless of who you are with or where you are. The same character, the same values, the same beliefs. The back and forth between put together self and ugly cry face self is exhausting. I’m not rock solid on this by any means but most of the time I don’t hide who I am. God made one me, one person who is uniquely gifted to fulfill His plan for MY life. Along with being uniquely gifted i’m also humanly flawed and that is the piece that is often the cause of me not being my authentic self. I’m learning that being authentic means that you trust that God made me intentionally and on purpose. You were not a mistake, I was not a mistake. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” Psalm 139:13-14
I believe the number one thing that holds people back from being authentic is the fear of what others will say. The fear of being gossiped about or ostracized from the “popular” moms or the “in crowd” at church. We think if we can act the proper way, say the right things, and dress nicely we can fool everyone even ourselves into thinking this is who I really am. Luke 8:17 says, “There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light” God already knows what you are hiding. What freedom we could all have to live in God’s grace and be our true selves. I am giving myself grace in my journey to be authentic in my relationships, it’s not always easy to show someone your true self and I am constantly telling myself that. Be who God created you to be: your personality, spiritual gifts, character, and everything in between are such a individualize blend He just made one of you.
in grace and love,