Live authentically…

“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today I am building on the post from yesterday and writing about the 2nd of my 3 words for 2020 is “Authenticity. I love this quote for a lot of reasons but very specifically for the last line. “Be the best of whatever you are.” This is definitely “authenticity!”

The dictionary.com definition of “authenticity” that best aligns with how I am using this word in 2020 is, “representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified.”

Rev. Martin Luther King certainly embodied this principle in his life and because of this he embraced God’s unique and special gifts and talents and used those to change the world. We all owe him an eternal debt for his willingness to embrace his true and authentic self, which ultimately cost him his life.

Now I am not saying that I want to change the world in the manner of Rev. King nor am I comparing myself to him in any way. However, I do want to emulate his example and fully embrace the gifts that God has blessed me with and live outwardly in a manner that is true to myself and what I believe and hold true as a core principles.

Certainly we all want to live in this way so why is this a focus word for me in 2020? I have found in life that without dedicated attention and focus to truly being the person that you discern yourself to be, then it is way too easy to get pulled away from your true self and caught in a vortex of living an inauthentic life that just won’t let you go.

Settling for a life like this is choosing to settle. It is choosing to be less than the person that God created you to be. It is choosing to live a life of less, not more. It is choosing to set yourself up for a life of regret and second-guessing. I can’t think of a less authentic way to live…

Finding meaning…

“We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.”

Charles R. Swindoll

This year I have embraced a practice of choosing 3 words to guide my thoughts, decisions and actions. This is something that Chris Brogan writes about in his blog here. I have done a similar practice in the past but unfortunately over the past few years drifted away from doing it. Why do I bring this up? Because word #1 of my 3 words for 2020 is “Discernment.”

I find it interesting to start with the technical definition of the word:

For me I am using the word “discernment” specifically as it relates to understanding God’s will, and purpose, for my life on a daily basis.

It can be so easy to be on autopilot through life. We can be so busy that that it is simple to be oblivious and only along for the ride and not apply understanding or meaning to what is happening both to us and for us. Being present and aware is the first step to living a life of discernment and understanding. Without discernment, what is the meaning to life?

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