Living with authenticity
Living a full life takes a culture.
Talented people are a dime a dozen, but a person who knows how to take care of themselves can actually go somewhere.
How do you create a culture in your life? Repetition.
“The power of vulnerability” by Brene Brown on Tedtalk
Are you living in the arena of life?
Theodore Roosevelt said “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. “
Just surviving as a lifestyle is not winning. You were meant to thrive.
“Courage is the ability to tell your story with your whole heart being willing to bear your imperfections” - Brene Brown
You get courage from compassion.
Compassion looks like being kind to yourself and then others. Because you can’t give away what you don’t possess. Compassion is an empty box because you can’t pull out what you don’t put in.
Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.
“I am worthy of being loved and I will serve from that place.”
Authenticity is the ability to embrace who you are and let go of who you think you should be. It makes a way for true emotional connection with others.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.
The church is full of people who haven’t done the work of being vulnerable and have merely pushed aside their pain.
When you were saved you were born again, you were created in his image. Then why can’t you share your story? Why do we continue to struggle with the same things we came in with?
There is a process to staying well. There is a process of becoming free.
If you aren’t authentic and vulnerable and find yourself in a place of authority it becomes extremely difficult to not live in shame.
The way out of shame is recognizing I am not alone. The way out of shame is telling someone the truth. Shame loses power when you share your story.
“YOU ARE NOT A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST IF YOU HIDE WHO YOU ARE”
LIVING WITH AUTHENTICITY
Vulnerability → Positive Environment → Courage → Compassion → Authenticity
“When you violate your conscience it’s because you have a need that is not being met.”
G. Transparency is not vulnerability
Transparency says “look at this” without being willing to be called up higher.
Transparency is just opening you up to lose pieces of yourself.
Do you want your birthright? It has to start with vulnerability.
Transparency is going to someone who has the same struggle as you.