“Authenticity occurs when real people say real things about real issues with real feelings. When you’re authentic you live what you are.” (Charles Swindoll)
Are you living who you were created to be or who society told you to be? I think that many of us are afraid of being “different” and not being accepted by those around us; we are more comfortable blending in rather than standing out. We would rather fit in than dare to be different and unique; we live our lives as the world tells us to live by following the media on how to dress, what to eat, where to go, and who to associate with. We are subject to a lot of peer pressure from the minute we are born starting with our families and friends, then school, government, church, and our work place. I often wonder why so many of us spend our lives denying who we really are, hiding our differences so we can fit in with the crowd? I think the trouble with living our lives as society dictates is that we lose our identity and authenticity and just become like everyone else!
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
To dare to be different means to stand out! Rather than following what society believes us to be, we need to make it a point to live our lives as the bible directs and look to Jesus as our role model. We all have a different personal will from God which He created Himself, and He didn’t anoint us to be anyone other than who we are. Going along with the crowd when we feel like God is leading us in a different direction will drain us of the energy we need to pursue the things that are important and significant to us. We are simply wearing a mask when we pretend to be someone that we really aren’t. Having a strong self-image allows us to be the type of person God planned us to be; He planned in each of us a unique and special personality to fulfill His purpose for our life. When we see ourselves the way God does we learn to embrace who we are and stand out in the crowd with our own personal characteristics that build up other people and benefit God’s kingdom.
“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:7)
We need to respond to the grace that we have been given and react to our calling by being authentic and becoming aware of the deep need to follow our hearts and stop living by other people’s rules. We have to realize and embrace our distinctive set of personal characteristics and become all God created us to be. Now is the time to go forward and stop trying to be someone we’re not; God is proud of who He made us to be. Rather than “fitting in”, we need to dare to be different and stand out!
“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.” (Psalm 119:73)
Linking up this week with Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty, Winsome Wednesday, and A Sheltering Tree