Real or Really Polished

If you talk to anyone about what they're looking for in a church, a friend, a spouse, or a leader; you'll often hear the word "authentic." 

In a world filled with movies, shows, celebrities, platform and social media presence, all filtering through the magic of editing, there is a growing desire and hunger for unfiltered, unedited and real. 

It is amazing how we can reflect personally in that we want to see, which is real and authentic, and in the next moment when the pressure of someone's eyes looking at us, we immediately jump to a polished or filtered presentation. 

There is a natural fear that we all have to fight, it is driven by our desire to never be seen as weak, insignificant, or not measuring up. The lie that we believe is that if people will see weakness in us, we will be perceived as weak. The truth is, when people see weakness or imperfection in us, we will be perceived as human. 

Ephesians 4:25 says, "Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another."

There is such a power in being a part of a team, a friendship, or a family that is real and authentic with each other. That starts with, and can only happen when, we choose to silence the voice of fear, and embrace the voice of truth and love. 

My challenge to you this week is, regardless of what team you're on, or the family you're a part of, you lead in the way of transparency, truth, and authenticity. Let them see your imperfections, and celebrate when others do the same.