What do you think of when the word “authentic” comes to mind? An antique? A piece of jewelry? An artifact? While these things deal with authenticity in their own ways, there is another, more important type of authenticity. It is the vulnerability of allowing others to see our true selves and that we have flaws. It’s the sometimes-scary act of “being real.”
In today’s world, authenticity isn’t always a common thing. How can you be authentic? Here are some ways…
Put others first. Think of others better than yourself (Philippians 2:3).
Act the same no matter who you are interacting with. Are you the same person with the one you think can advance your career as you are with the person who can offer you nothing?
Don’t compete with others. We all have God-given gifts, talents, and strengths. Don’t begrudge someone for a gift/talent/strength you wish you possessed, but don’t.
Show no favoritism (James 2). Treat the person who lives in the run-down trailer on the bad side of town the same as you treat the person who lives in the mansion on the golf course.
Be genuine. If you say something, mean it.
Avoid trying to impress others because of their social status, wealth, or appearance.
Be a person of integrity, both while alone and in the presence of others.
Avoid being condescending or a know-it-all.
Show compassion and empathy when someone is struggling with a problem. If you yourself have dealt with the same issue, gently share what helped you. (Second Corinthians 1:4).
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