This thought has been brewing in my mind lately about what can I do to be a better person, to be a better Christ-Follower and it dawned on me that even though I’m living in a time of social media and selfies I need to learn to be more authentic. It’s okay to let people know when you are having a rough go at things. You don’t need to paint that ‘picture perfect’ life, because it doesn’t exist.
I asked myself, what does it mean to be authentic? It means we need to be real and genuine with people. I also believe we need to be transparent with others. This can be so hard. We don’t want to be Debbie downers, but do we honestly want people to believe that we never have trouble? If truth be told, most people don’t want to be around someone who always seems to “have it together.”
I believe being transparent and authentic go hand in hand. I’m not saying that you must tell everyone every bad day you have and so forth. However, if you go through something hard, and someone asks you how you are getting through it, you should tell them how. Even if maybe you are struggling, we are meant to encourage and build each other up and we can’t do this if we’re not honest.
Do you ever feel like you are alone in a situation? The enemy wants us to feel isolated and alone. That’s shame. God wants us to be free. I’m not saying you have to go and tell everyone everything, but find that one person that you can be vulnerable with, because I promise you, you aren’t alone. Someone has been through what you’re going through in some form or another and they can help you process. They can also pray with you and for you!
My goal with this blog is to be authentic. I’m thirty years old and the good Lord is still working on me. I’m still learning who I am and what I was created to be. So, I want to be real with you guys, so some days there will be posts that are just plain ugly. My sinful, prideful, fleshy side will show, because it is something God is working on with me, and I want to share it with you all. I want you to know my struggles; maybe they are your struggles too. The whole point of this blog is to share about God, show what He can do. So, this is my hope to always be authentic, and always be honest and open with you.