Today we continue our series on reclaiming values, inspired by the book #Struggles by Craig Groeschel.

The value today is authenticity, which is the quality of being genuine or transparent.  This value is difficult to reclaim for a variety of reasons.  We want to put on a good face or impression for those around us, so we tend to communicate with filters and veils.  Think about how we can now alter our photos to make ourselves look the best, even if we may be feeling the worst!

Craig shares 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 as inspiration for us: “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.”

What can we do to work on authenticity?  First, decide that we’ll let our identity be driven by God and not by people. Next, we can try a few of Craig’s suggestions next time we’re in a group of people:

  • not name drop
  • not draw attention to ourselves
  • not massage the truth to try to make ourselves look better
  • not use put-downs or criticism to make ourselves look better
  • strive to be humbly and gently honest in what we do

Thanks for listening!