- not false or copied; genuine; real; representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified
If I could pick one word that is constantly on my heart and that I 100% resonate with- it would be authentic.
We all are called to a ministry/calling/plan in our lives- and we are all given unique gifts, skills and strengths to aid us in our journey.
God has given each one of us an exclusive plan and capability to carry it out.
My plan and deep conviction is to do all that I do authentically.
God wants me to utilize my skills, strengths, talents, convictions, passions, vision and drive to live out the life He designed me for.
In order to do what God has called me to do I have to do it authentically. No one else can do what God has called me to do.
No one else can love on others in the way God has called me to, and no one else can love on me in the ways that God has designed me to.
The calling God has given me is to coach Christian women to find their authenticity.
The first step in finding your true authenticity is to know what it means, and how one can live it out.
I believe that living out authenticity in your life is a combination of the following:
- Being intentional about learning yourself- your likes, personality, & strengths/weaknesses
- Taking time with yourself and liking who you are
- Getting to know your passions/dreams
- Learning how to have integrity in all situations (being the same person in all scenarios)
- Standing up for yourself
- Not being fake
- Knowing how you communicate
- Knowing your values
- Learning to be honest
- Having a healthy transparency
Truly, this list could go on...
I believe that being authentic requires a lot of work and you will need to research yourself and get to know yourself well.
Becoming your most authentic self is about getting comfortable in your own skin and surrounding yourself with people who want the best for you and challenge you to be the best version of yourself.
You will then be able to live out of a place of knowing your deep self: your triggers, motivators, desires, values, strengths, weaknesses, personality style, assets, shortcomings, boundaries, self-care, needs, recharge style and your communication style.
When you know how to be your authentic self it will then flow into other areas of your life, as in your relationships, job and other responsibilities.
But most importantly, this will help you in your walk with God. Learning to be authentic helps you to live out your Christian walk in real and concrete ways.
It will help you to:
- Live your life according to what God has asked of you
- It will help you to follow God's voice
- You will live out the giftings God's given you
- Be obedient to what God's asking of you
It is also important in your walk with God to know what the Bible says about authentic living. Here are some (but not all) valuable things the Bible tells us about someone living out their authentic Christian walk:
- You will love genuinely and hold on to good “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9
- You will not live by the world's standards “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:2-3
- You will love others in truth and through your actions “…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
- The Bible is your guide to living authentically “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Your actions and deeds will be known “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:19-21
- You cannot be in fellowship with God when you are practicing evil “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 1 John 1:6
- You will strive for dependability/being a person of your word “…let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.” James 5:12b
- You will know that speaking truth delights God “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Proverbs 12:22
- Integrity will guide you “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” Proverbs 11:3
- God cares more about your heart and motives “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
- When you are in relationship with God, you don’t seek to sin “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” 1 John 3:9
- You are called to not judge or condemn others, but to forgive “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;” Luke 6:37
- You are not to lie/accuse your neighbour falsely “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 21:16
- You will know God's voice and He will direct your steps “Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.’” John 10:25-27
Living authentically is like living in your sweet spot. As you intentionally grow to know more about yourself and the way God has designed you, you can live more authentically towards all the plans He has for you.
Learning to live authentically helps you to know yourself, know yourself with others and know yourself in Christ.
Consider this, what if we started taking time to live more authentically in our day to day, where that might propel us to?
What if we were intentional about taking time to understand ourselves better so that we can be the truest versions of ourselves?
The possibilities are endless. Where will you start today?