Authentically You

The Power of Conversation

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Texting can be great, until it's not. It was never meant for full, serious conversations, but wow, it's definitely being used that way when face-to-face isn't comfortable or convenient. It's easy to get sucked into it. So have you ever gotten it wrong? The tone you were trying to get across? The joke you were trying to make? Or have you ever been angry or worried about a relationship after you read a text from someone about another person who is important to you? We can create a whole new story in our heads about that other person which may or may not be accurate. The information was second-hand and the source may not be entirely reliable, even if they had good intentions. Bottom line, it takes a real, in-person conversation with that third person to either debunk the myths or work it out between you.

Isn't that what we do sometimes with God? What we "know" can be second-hand--from the faith we inherited but haven't fully explored, experienced and chosen for ourselves, or from the attitudes and anger handed to us by people without any real faith or relationship with God at all. You can't really understand someone you never spend time with. So anger is easy. Often one person blows up and suddenly the conversation is over, or one angry person just shuts down--refuses to talk--and there's no conversation at all. Simple. Anger can pretty much equal avoidance, hiding what the person is really feeling--and really needing to discuss. They make it about something else. This also prevents a full hearing of what the other person is feeling and needs to discuss. Yep. It's conversation that's hard. It's listening that's hard. It's waiting our turn that's hard. It's expressing ourselves genuinely and respectfully that's hard. So do we ever shut God down? Do we avoid the hard conversations, not letting God say what needs to be heard? Do we avoid being honest about our own feelings? Maybe it's time to check in with God. Make it about just you and God. Not about religion. Not about what someone else feels or thinks or wants. What do you need to talk about? What answers are you looking for? Is the conversation long overdue?

P.S. See the Young Adult page of our website for an audio recording of "You Have Doubts," a poem about the conversations that matter most.

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An Invitation to Stop Running

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We live in a society that emphasizes the importance of being your authentic self. Yet, this same society also places so many expectations on who you are supposed to be. It is honestly overwhelming. Depression and anxiety are so common in our generation. Why is that? Could it be because many of us do not really know who we are? Jeremiah 1:4-5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” You see, our heavenly Father knows who you are now and who you are designed to be. The problem here is that our generation does not see the need for Jesus. Our generation thinks faith is a matter of simply saying they believe in God when in reality it is a matter of having a profound relationship with Him.

In Luke 2:41-52, Jesus at the age of twelve goes to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph for a feast. At the end of the feast, his parents return home but without them knowing Jesus stays behind. When Mary and Joseph finally realize that Jesus is not behind them, they immediately go back to look for him. When they find Jesus, He is in the temple listening and asking questions to the teacher of the law. In Mary’s caring nurture she says to Jesus, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” To their surprise, Jesus replies, “Why were you searching for me? Don’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Even at the age of twelve, Jesus always knew who He was. The truth is that He was never lost because He always knew what the Father had brought him on earth to do. Many people in this generation are lost because they do not know the Father or what the Father has called them to do. Your identity is not in this world; your identity is in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Today, I invite you to stop running. Stop letting society influence the person you are becoming. I invite you to place your trust in the Lord. Let Him, who already knows where you are going, be the guide and light of your life. The Lord in His mercy gave us free will, and the Lord in His mercy also died for us on the cross. He chose to die for you because He loves you, and He gave us free will so we can consciously choose Him and love Him back. God is the only constant in life, so choose Him as He has chosen you.

Join us on September 25, 2023, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom to start your journey to becoming the person God created you to be.