I was recently encouraged by a great message from Dr. Swanson of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando in which he encouraged his listeners to be more than ‘authentic’ human beings. Being authentic is not a bad thing.  Who doesn’t value individuals that have reached the place where what you see is what you get; who’s talk matches their walk?  But if we stop at just being authentic, then the most we can be is the best version of ourselves. For some of us, that ain’t so good!  What if who we are now, could be transformed into someone who goes beyond being authentic and becomes even more faithful, true to the Word, encouraging, wise, loving, giving, honest, courageous, loyal, forgiving, and trustworthy? If you’re willing to engage in the process of transformation, beware; getting there can be daunting.  This kind of change requires great commitment and fortitude.  It is a hard road fraught with pitfalls and pain as we come face-to-face with our weaknesses and flaws, have to take responsibility for our shortcomings, put aside our egos, humbly acknowledge to others our frailties; and, while doing all of that, continue to love ourselves and others.  To add insult to injury, the journey will not end on this side of heaven!  But the results during our earthly stay just may be tremendous and not just for us, but for those we love, our communities and beyond.  Our God is a big God and desires to transform us in such a way that he can use us to make an impact on a very broken world.  What do we see when we look into the mirror? Can we envision more than just an authentic reflection but instead a transformed, albeit imperfect human being, that has become an even greater agent of change, healer, servant-leader and more? Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .

6 thoughts on “DON’T BE AUTHENTIC

  1. I’m so thankful for your wisdom and experience Amy. You’re able to develop and put to words something that’s been on my heard that envisions and compels me, realigns my focus and source of hope. Thank you. Keep writing!!!

  2. Hi Amy! I have been trying to figure out a way to contact you, I absolutely loved your piece “The Silent Killer of Christian Marriages” and it has been something I have gone back to many times. I cannot however find the copy I printed, and it’s no longer in the same spot online so I can’t access it. Is there anyplace I can go to get a copy of it? I may need to print out a few 😉 I have shared it with a few people and would like to continue to, and intend on meeting with my pastor to shed light on the subject. Thank you so much!

      1. Thank you so much Amy. So many are blessed by the fact that you followed your heart to pen that article. Prayers that you are blessed by it as well! ❤

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