Sunday, May 6, 2012

Be who God created you to be

Authentic. 

My husband Ryan is authentic. To a level that I'm not sure I can really explain. 

He is an O P E N book.

And that is why most people love him, and why a few are terrified of him :)

From time to time people tell me that they appreciate my authenticity both on this blog and in real life.

That's always an interesting comment to hear from people. Because, if I'm honest, it's not a trait that I feel I've really worked to posses. 

It's not like: you're such a patient person.

Or, you're a good writer.

If I am patient or a good writer it's simply because I've worked to build those qualities and because the Lord has seen fit to bless me with those gifts (those were examples by the way. I am not patient).

I think Ryan and I are just naturally authentic people. That's how we live life. We share it with others. We tell our story. We ask people questions about their life and we talk about our life.

It's who God created us to be. 

For my birthday last month, my friends wrote me letters/notes that were precious beyond words. They filled my heart to overflowing. Authenticity was a repeated theme that my friends appreciate in me.

When I really ponder this, my natural response is: "Isn't everyone authentic? And if not, why not?"

In my mind, it's the only way to live. If we were all living truly authentic lives with one another...sharing burdens, sharing joys, asking for help when we're in need...I think we would find life a lot less lonely. Not so hard. And with a greater awareness of what's going on with others. 

But I've learned that authenticity is just really hard for some people.



So instead of asking myself, "Why isn't everyone authentic?" I think the better question to ask is, "Who did God create each of us to be?"

Creative?
Discerning?
Hospitable?
Grateful?
Empathetic?
A truth-teller?
Patient?
Humble?
Kind?
Attentive to others' needs?
A good listener?
A servant?
Generous?
Forgiving?
Bold?
Compassionate?
Determined?

Ask yourself that question. Find the answer. Ask others if you need some help.

And then be who God created you to be. Don't try to be someone else. Be you. Fully, intentionally, completely and without hesitation. Enter into who God made you, live out who He created you to be....and rest in that truth.

Amen? Amen!

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