I often say that coffee is one of my love languages. And even though I am teasing (usually) there is truth behind the statement. I look forward to my first cup of coffee each morning. I love the ritual of making it as well as sipping the hot coffee while beginning my day. There is a sense of anticipation, time for quiet and hope for all the day will bring. I seek authenticity in my days and warm, steamy goodness in my coffee.

During the last week, I found three opportunities for delicious coffee and even better friendship. Taking time for conversation with friends leads to authenticity. Empowering others, speaking truth and affirming who others are in Christ is one of my greatest desires. In-real- life meetings where truth is spoken and affirmation is given fills my life with mission and purpose. Sitting across the table from you with a mug of our favorite hot beverage makes me giddy with delight.

You are all my people. When we engage in heart to heart connections, God provides a soul connection through His Spirit. Opening up the deep recesses of who we are to another friend allows space for love to seep into any of the empty places in our life. Authenticity grows when vulnerability works hand in hand with truth. This in turn clears a path for truth to enter in a posture of receiving. God honors the time when our focus is His truth tempered with love and grace. Being authentic is not just spitting out whatever is on your mind. There is a passage of grace that we walk through to hear the other person and listen well. It takes intentionality to not just seek affirmation for yourself but speak the same into others.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8-9 MSG (emphasis mine)

Paul says it so well in Philippians. He calls us to the authentic and challenges us to seek the best and not the worst. That is what we can do for each other as we seek authenticity with others and ourselves.

Work in harmony with the God who desires to make all things good

Choose authenticity as an anchor of who you are and how you wish to live your life

Fill your minds with graciousness and a truth that points to God

Practice living in love and make it a habit that you feel lost without

God takes our desire for His truth coupled with authenticity and works it into “excellent harmonies”. He shows us through time with Him and conversations with others how love is our foundation and what grows us into who we are as His children. Let us honor God in our desire for Him and willingness to let Him lead us deeper into truth.

Heavenly Father,

We love you and thank you for choosing us everyday.

Thank you for the gift of your grace

that leads us through a passage to listening and living your truth.

May we seek you in our routines and relationships by

focusing on authentic conversations and actions.

You are amazing in your love and in showing us the way.

We are blessed by the gift of knowing you better and loving you

and others deeper.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Seeking authenticity,

 

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