I found this quote while perusing goodreads Friday before heading to the gym. I love it. I think it encapsulates so much of what I've been thinking and going through lately in my relationship with God and also some of my relationships with others.
The first sermon I listened to at The Upper Room talked about authenticity (you can click the link to listen to the podcast). During the service the pastor encouraged people to anonymously text in something about themselves that they fear might change the way others see them. They displayed the anonymous texts on the wall. It was very powerful and interesting to read. There are few talks I remember and this is one of a small handful.
Here's what I think about authenticity:
For better or for worse we have to be who we are and who God created us to be. As a former (trying not to be) people pleaser this means I have to let go of constantly striving in an unhealthy manner to please others and instead work on living in authenticity and pleasing the only being that matters anyway, God.
I am so grateful for the people in my life who love me for who I am and for who God created me to be.
How are you working to authentically live the life God created for you?