#lifewithoutfilters: Let’s Be Real.

authentic culture

Now that it’s a few days into 2014, I’m really loving my theme for this year:

BE INTENTIONAL

As I’ve thought about how I can be more intentional in my everyday life, I’ve thought a lot about how that can translate onto this blog. This made me start thinking about what kind of blogs I enjoy reading the most. Besides the DIY, home improvement and book list blogs, I really enjoy reading blogs where the author is being vulnerable and real about their life.

I came to the conclusion that this world needs more vulnerability and honesty. Social media makes it way too easy to fall into a pit of comparison if we’re not careful. I’m not bashing social media…I love Instagram and Facebook! It allows me to see what’s going on in my friends and family’s lives who I don’t get to see on a normal basis. But we all have those friends who post only the good things, only the “look what I did, look how great I am, envy me, envy me!” kind of posts as well. They can easily make us feel inadequate, and in reality, those posts are usually to cover up some other insecurity that person is fighting.

How about a culture of vulnerability and encouragement? An honest look at our real struggles, real life and encouraging each other through them? Nothing is more encouraging to me when I know a friend or family member is or has gone through a similar struggle as me, and is willing to talk and pray with me through it.

That’s honestly why I started this blog. I love writing book reviews, (one coming Monday) DIY posts, Christmas posts, etc., but my real heart is to create a space where I can be honest, transparent and vulnerable with you about my life and all that makes it real. My hope is that if I can be real with you, it may encourage you to be real with those around you. That way together, we can fight against the culture of perfection, comparison and superiority, and create a culture of honest vulnerability and authenticity.

Because really, we can’t do this thing called life on our own. We need each other. And we need Jesus. If we can be real with each other about our struggles, we can point each other to Jesus and the freedom He offers us. We can be a hot mess with Jesus. He loves us no matter what. And He will come into our hot mess and just be with us. He’ll help us see the way out when we’re ready, and be there with comforting arms when we’re ready to deal with our hot mess. If Jesus loves us no matter what, can’t we learn to expose our “hot messiness” to each other and love and encourage each other through it? If we hope to portray Jesus in our everyday life, that’s exactly the kind of culture we should strive for. Jesus himself said that His followers will (and should) be recognized by their love for each other.

authentic

Let’s do it. Let’s be real. Let’s be authentic. Let’s love each other and encourage each other with a fierceness that only comes through Jesus. Let’s boast in our struggles and our weaknesses so that people can see Jesus’ strength. Let’s be vulnerable, authentic, real,¬†intentional friends.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:9+10