Authentic. Genuine. Real. Honest. Vulnerable. Do you ever feel like because you go to church or say you believe in Jesus or write words about Jesus on a blog that you have to act a certain way? That you have to be super holy? That you can’t fail because people will think less of you? What if you are a teacher or a doctor or a pastor? Is there that pressure to “behave” so that you won’t be judged? I’m not sure if this is a real thing or not. But I can say I have felt that way. And it’s just super dumb. We all mess up. ALL OF US. There is no one righteous, not even one. (Romans 3:12)
I just feel like we need to be real with each other. If you mess up, you should be able to admit it without feeling like your whole world is going to cave in. Our job is to love others, to walk beside them, to give grace. Mostly we just need to take the stick out of our own eye so we can see clearly. (Matthew 7:3-5). There just needs to be authentic community in our lives. Real people. We can talk about hard days and our need for wine and the mistakes we make. At the end of the day it is all grace.
The more grace and love we give the more people will truly see Jesus shining through us. We have to bring heaven to earth. It is our job.
My prayer is that we can live in church communities, neighborhoods and cities where we find people to be honest with. People who lift us up when we fall. Let’s be joy bearers and love each other well no matter what we may have failed at.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.