Authenticity

“What you are thunders through so loudly, I can’t hear what you say to the contrary.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those are such convicting words.  Do my actions line up with my words?  Am I truly loving and accepting of others regardless of what they believe or how they treat me?  Am I reflecting Jesus to the world around me or do they seem a dim reflection because my sin and my selfishness so cloud out the light?

All questions I have to ask myself daily, even moment by moment.  Obviously I am so profoundly humbled by God’s great capacity for love and grace for me.  For I do fear that many times I am more concerned with myself than those around me.  But if I do long for restoration in other’s lives I must face the self-sacrifice that comes with loving others well.

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