Are You Authentic?

It’s hard to be a perfect person. To go to work and not make any mistakes. Process my code or my reports and everything run and prove perfectly. It makes for a perfect day at work.

Or to have time and energy one day, here and there, to clean the house. Not just dust or sweep or vacuum, but to really clean. Move all of the furniture. Wipe down the walls. Pull out the fridge and oven and even clean all of the shelves. It makes for a perfectly clean house.

Or to go through your day with your family when no one says a crossed word or has any issues. Kids clean their rooms with a smile. Parents interact together in pure honest love. All seems right in their little world. It makes for a perfect family.

In our new world of technology authentication codes are used to provide integrity and authentication assurances for our devices and messages. We can feel fairly secure that these codes prevent intruders from reeking havoc in our personal lives.

But what about our personal lives? The perfect work and family scenarios I started with, unfortunately do no exist. The core of our marriages/families should and sometimes do but the world around us often creates enough chaos that perfect harmony cannot exist on a consistent basis.

Part of the problem is our definition of perfect and our perception that we can and should be pursuing it. But is that realistic? Is it attainable?

Not only is it not realistic, it isn’t something we should be beating ourselves over the heads for not achieving. We should strive for perfection, but accept it isn’t possible to achieve. We are human. We have a sin nature. We can be forgiven for our sins but that doesn’t remove the natural desires.

The only way to do that is to constantly give those desires up to God in prayer. We won’t be perfect this side of Heaven. But we can strive to do better than the time before. Lean on Him and He will provide all that we need.

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