The struggle for authenticity in women of faith is not without merit. We fear judgement of being ridiculed by others. So much so it often hinders us from requesting prayer. Even though we may be in dire need. After all, it may wrongly assumed that our troubles stem from a lack of faith or that our relationship with God lacks depth. God forbid its presumed to be sin related. Here comes the gossip.
Our lack of being genuine is rooted in fear.
- Fear of inadequacy
- Fear of defamation
- Fear of… You fill in the blank
It’s the primary reason we give the appearance of having it all together. Just look at our Instagram feeds. Anything subpar is unacceptable. It doesn’t stem from perfectionism, it’s pride. I literally walked away from writing this post to gain my bearings. The thought of being vulnerable was completely unnerving to me.
Women are judged on their physical appearances and that of their children, not to mention their homes, and relationships just to name a few. I’ll leave out the neighborhood you and I live in, the type of car driven, and handbag frequently carried. Its why many new converts to Christianity learn the lingo without understanding the meaning behind it. There’s a need to look the part almost immediately.
So, what’s the solution and how do we begin moving away from such unpleasant living? In my daily devotion I asked the Lord “what would please him?” It came from a place of sincerity more than anything and although I was sure I knew the answer I needed to confirm it.
The cost of leadership
In a “turn your lemons into lemonade” moment it was revealed to me how desperately women need to know and understand the pain which accompanies leadership. This is true in both a secular and religious aspect. We as women must also understand that we can overcome these troubles that are sure to come “by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:11).”
Imagine taking something extremely painful in your life and having God turn it into an opportunity for authenticity? That’s the power of being genuine. As women of faith, we are in dire need of more examples of the overcoming life. Let’s begin a new “faith’s hall of fame” for the twenty-first century with an all-female cast. Will you join me? It begins today with you and me.
“find out what pleases the Lord.” Ephesians 5:10 NIV
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