Have you ever encountered someone you knew was not really themselves, I mean they were, but they were behaving or imitating the qualities and personality of someone else, someone, maybe who they wanted to be like?
Well I have!
In fact I have been that person at times. Not that I am proud about it, but it is the discovery of not being true to myself or to the talents, skills, and personality that I have been made with. I have been cheating others from not being genuinely me.
Reality is defined by what it isn’t, for instance the definitions of real are:
I think the reason I have wanted to be like other people in the past is because I was not happy with who I was, in fact I disliked myself and the situations I was in so much, that I would dress like others, talk like others, act to a certain degree like others, but what I was truly missing was me!
When I am not my true self it is much like when a compass is not heading true north, the magnetic declination is taking me off course to where I want to be. When I am not real, I am not heading in the direction of my true self, I am off course.
I see this ever so much in our culture today, in our churches, businesses, marriages, relationships, we/I am afraid to be who I am, in fear that I may not be accepted by what society says is acceptable- however, my question to myself is: what does God say about what is acceptable?
See, my perceived worldview has shifted from what society/culture/others say is acceptable to what God says is acceptable. The 1970’s-2000’s rock band Petra used to sing a song called God Pleaser, the lyrics were simply, yet profoundly- I don’t want to be a man pleaser, I want to be a God pleaser!
This is the real reality: bankers don’t handle counterfeit money to know it’s counterfeit, they handle the real thing and when a bill passes through their hands that is not real- they know!