Hmmm....

Being authentic. Kristi mentioned in her comment about my last post about authenticity. I think most of you know that this is something near and dear to my heart. Being authentic is what New Horizons taught me, among other things, and is how I was able to let God in to heal so many areas. Being authentic lets people in, people who God places in our lives to help us through the places that we find ourselves in. I think that not being authentic is prideful. I never answer "How are you?" with "fine" unless that is really true. I think not being authentic hurts others and hurts yourself. I think that opening up and sharing your hurts, faults and struggles opens up opportunities for healing. For both the giver and receiver. I think that being authentic with others opens doors that putting up a facade of "having it all together'' closes for many. What helps others more? Sharing my problems, with the right attitude and in the most humbling of ways so that you can relate and share and we can push through together? Or would it be more helpful to you if I made you think my life was perfect, that everyday was a walk in the park, that every day God spoke so loudly to me that I couldn't help but to hear it? I have read blogs like that. And it hurts me to think of a struggling Christian reading it and thinking..."wow, they have it so together, God talks to them every day in amazing ways, they can recite scripture and philosophy, great scholars and such...what a horrible Christian I am". That would make me sad to think that my blog would make anyone feel that way. I would never say something on here that I wouldn't say in the real world. I wouldn't praise God any louder in here than I would in the real world. I can't go back and change my words in the real world, why should do that here? I am me, regardless of what the world would think. I have shared my story at church, CRU, Bible studies, etc. This blog is part of my life and I want all parts to be authentic. That is why I shared. If you meet me one day, I don't want you to see a seam between the real me and the blog me. This is not saying that you have to share every intimate detail of your life on your blog. That is not authenticity. Just be you, the real you. Every person who non-anonymously commented on that last post I feel is pretty authentic (I can't say the same about the anonymous one only because I don't know you. :)) Every blog I link to is someone I find to be authentic and true. In fact most every person I have come across, who takes the time to contact me one on one has come across as really authentic(ie.the same in an email as they are on the blog)...it's the ones who are all neat and tidy for show then let the crazy fly when no on is looking that scare me. :) phew....enough heavy stuff for now...but I just wanted to share. I am authentic because Jesus was authentic...He shared and showed His humanness...His struggle on the cross and bearing the weight of the world. If He had made it all look easy how different would that have made things? As always comments are loved and welcomed!! :) Love to ALL of you...my sweet and wonderful readers!
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4 comments:

Jes said...

Thanks for being real and thanks for sharing...I know it's not always easy to be so open. My past is finally something that I can look back on and know that God allowed it for a reason. That I wouldn't have grown and become the person that I am now without going through that. God is truly using you to encourage others; thank you!

Blessings,

Jes

Amy Bell said...

I read your story again today...just for encouragement. I needed it. I love hearing what God did...I loved the post. Really. So glad to call your friend...
xo

tiffany said...

I'm so glad that you shared. Would never have thought otherwise. We should all tell the truth in our story, especially as mothers. We need to know others face the same things we do.

Eric and Michelle said...

Just precious you are!


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