“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” John 4:23-24 MSG
Today’s verse reminded me of this exert from the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown.
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.
The idea that we can choose authenticity makes most of us feel both hopeful and exhausted. We feel hopeful because being real is something we value. We feel exhausted because most of us know that choosing authenticity is a huge undertaking.
Choosing authenticity means
Cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable;
Exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and
Nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.
Authenticity demands Wholehearted living and loving – even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it.
Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.
I like Brene’ Brown. I think all that she said is true, and can only be true, with God.
What really counts, before God, as the verse says, is who you are and the way you live.
We should live authentically. We should mindfully practice authenticity as she states, but to practice all that and so much more we need to invite Jesus into our lives. Only Jesus can restore us back to what really counts.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom