“A” is for Amy Grant & Authenticity
As a general rule, famous people don’t “wow” me. I’ll admit, though, that I would have given my dog and pony to meet Andy Gibb when I was thirteen. But, I make an exception with Amy Grant. I’ve been an avid fan since 1983 when I heard her music for the first time.
In November, 2015, I hosted and introduced Amy Grant at a small gathering in Fort Wayne. Later that evening, I sat next to her at a fundraising dinner for the Rescue Mission before she entertained a packed ballroom at the Grand Wayne Center. We talked very little during the dinner program, but I did pass her the salt and pepper.
She seemed authentic, and I left that night thinking she is the real deal.
Jesus is Something to Tweet About
I contrast her authenticity with Christians I’ve encountered on the social media platform Twitter who are pushing their agenda. Admittedly, I’m using Twitter, too, because publishers want writers to build a public presence and a platform and accumulate more followers, tweets, and likes. On Twitter, I’m trying to set myself apart as a Jesus follower who wants to make Him known. But, I’m balancing between promoting myself and my book or blog and promoting the truth. The line between the two feels blurry, and I check my motives every time I tweet.
When Facebook Feels More Like Fakebook
I admire authentic people who can withstand the public scrutiny of their values. I “like” Facebook posts that admit struggle along with the smiles. Two years ago, a high school friend lost his wife of nearly thirty years. For several months, he posted raw insights and emotions as he dealt with grief. I couldn’t read those posts without melting into tears.
Unfortunately, Facebook is filled with false happiness and sugary compliments. We hide our true selves behind smiles, pretty cover photos, and accomplishments. How many of us now struggle with jealousy or insecurity because we compare our weaknesses to another person’s strengths?
The Old Testament King David proved his authentic love for God at every stage of his life. God trusted him with position and power because David placed Him at the center of his life. Even at his lowest point, having abused his power and committed murder and adultery, he called on God. His prayer for God’s help expressed his desire for truth and authenticity:What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life. -Psalm 51:6 MSG Click To Tweet
Let’s move toward authenticity, together.
Being real and truthful about our lives is worth the risk to our reputation or image. Building authentic communities takes time and courage. Here, at The Rooted Life Blog, I’m trying to move toward authenticity, encouraging readers to live freer lives and grow deeper roots.