Definition: representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified:
“Keeping it real” is a turn of phrase that means essentially being authentic. I don’t know how many people I’ve seen act differently in different groups because you can tell they are trying to be something they aren’t!
Hey, I am not immune to this either but I can more easily see this happen in other people than I can in myself. And truthfully, I try my best to hold to who I am no matter who I’m around. I can recognize when someone is trying to illicit responses out of me that I’m not comfortable with. I will distance myself from them. I think authentic people (or even those in training) are so much easier to be around than those pretending to be something they aren’t.
We should all strive for authenticity and work at it but where does one start? Great question and being true to the nature of this blog so far, I am going to say – it starts with knowing your Creator!
Knowing the real you certainly starts with knowing the Manufacturer’s design plan, intent, and original heart in making you as you are. Some things you think are the real you may not be Gods intent for you at all. The more real we get with ourselves, the easier life gets.
If you don’t already know your Creator, I highly recommend reading Matthew in the Bible, then read the book of Genesis. I would say pray but I will more accurately say talk to God. Tell him your hearts reflection on what youve read as though you would talk to someone who cares about the deepest thoughts that have ever crossed your mind. Cry, yell, ask questions and sit with Him. I assure you His wrap around presence will be tangible for you. I highly suggest asking Him to be your best friend forever and then get plugged into a good church community!
Praying for you all!
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalms 139:14 NIV