Can I Be Me?: The Conflict of Creative Authenticity

Authenticity. According to Wikipedia, Authenticity-Authentic-Authentication is ‘the act of confirming the truth of an attribute.

Truth, unlike ‘fact,’ is an unchangeable and consistent reality. While an attribute, in its noun form according to Merriam-Webster, is ‘a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.

As a creative, a being made in the image of the Master Creator, Yeshua-Jesus, you have the inherent DNA to create. (More on that in The Call to Create.) There are specific, unchangeable attributes about what you have been given to offer to the world, things that are waiting for you to discover and share, that are unique to you and unrivaled by others.

The struggle that we all face in our creative journies is summed up in one phrase; the urge to be a people-pleaser.

It could be in the way you paint, throw a football, run a boardroom, or even how you nurture children in your home or in an educational environment. Whatever it is, it is unique to you.

But, more often than not, the noise of the world around us, the shifting trends of what is acceptable versus what is shunned, tends to not only stifle our creative voices to near silence, but they also whittle away at, and shape our uniqueness into something that can seem like a carbon-copy of things already done or voices already heard.

Although we may find ourselves drowning in a sea of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ with our contributions flooding the shores of social media when we follow the creative-status-quo, something within us tends to groan with frustration, knowing that the high number of followers isn’t enough. The ‘likes’ no longer give us the buzz we craved.

Maybe you are a person who isn’t even abreast of the ebbs and flows of the social-media world or algorithms, but still, you find yourself inundated with the pressures to ‘be’ what others expect you to do and be, to cook that pasta sauce like Nanna always did it, to give of yourself in a way that is…expected.

The struggle that we all face in our creative journies is summed up in one phrase; the urge to be a people-pleaser.

People pleasing in all arenas, is a venom that destroys the true voice of authenticity. It robs creatives of their God-given seed to flourish as they were meant to, to create in a way that brings Him glory, and them fulfillment.

Pastor Craig Groeschel put it this way,

Living for the approval of people will keep you from living for the purpose of God.”

The book of Proverbs says it like this, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25).

When we allow our hearts to be moved by our fear of what people around us will accept or the thought they will shout ‘That can’t be done,’ or ‘That is impossible,’ we lose our divine authenticity. We lose the power to be who we were created to be. We fall into the snare of inauthenticity.

If you grew up in a Christian environment, I am sure you’ve heard the adage, “Less of me and more of You, God.” As ‘humble’ as that may sound, it goes against what God wants for you and from you.

Yes, He delights for us to do all things unto Him and for His glory (Colossians 3:23-24), but He wants us to do things in the image that He created us in. He wants more of unique you.

Just as He doesn’t want a rose to shed its thorns in order to be like a daisy, neither does He delight to see Rose attempting to do things like her friend, Daisy, just because that is what has gotten man’s stamp of approval. Nor does He want any of us to stop being who He has uniquely imagined and created us to be.

We are, all of us, fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together by His hands with divine, and awesomely unique creativity (Psalm 139:13-14).

Can you be you? Absolutely! That is what you were created to be.

Whatever is burning inside of you may require you to not walk a path created, but to be a trailblazer and create a new path altogether. In order to do this you have to be you … and no one else.

You are going to face opposition when you take the courage to be the creative you that you are called to be. You are going to face mountains and even have to walk through many sung ballets of how you can’t do what you are doing with your authentic voice. But the beauty is, you can win if you step out in faith.

So I encourage you to be your authentic self, confirming the truth of the unique attributes that define you and the characteristics of your creative voice. You will win if you determine to be you!

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” ~Oscar Wilde

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do CONQUER!

What are your thoughts about being an authentic creative? Share your wisdom in the comments below!

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He Holds It All Together: A Scripture & Song

 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the Head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. ~Colossians 1:15-20

It is my pleasure to speak of Yeshua Jesus, the God of Creation, the Beloved King and lover of my soul. When it seems my world is falling apart or even just shaking so much that my vision is blurred, I take rest in the truth that He is in control and holds ALL things together. He holds me. He loves me. And He loves you.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Bread of Heaven: A Word of Rejoicing

Jeremiah 15:16 Your Words were found, and I fed on them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. For Your Name is called on me, O Lord (YHVH) God of Hosts.”

When I read this yesterday afternoon, I absolutely wept with thanksgiving. The words of truth and revelation came to life in an instant as I basked in the glorious presence of King Jesus in worship and adoration.

So often, people miss the graciousness of God and His lavish love for His children. Although we lift our hands as an offering to Him, we are the ones who receive.

“Your words were found, and I fed on them.” Yeshua Jesus is the Living Word of God and He alone is the Bread of Heaven.

John 1:1 “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

I have been meditating on the term “Poiema” meaning Poem, and how we, the beloved children of God, are His Poetry in motion (Ephesians 2:10.) To see the posting click here. But as I write this, more revelation comes and I am reminded that not only did Christ come to deliver us from the grip of sin and death, but that He walked among us to teach us how to live and walk in the glory we were created for.

The Living WORD, the truest Poiema, showed us how to be Poiema! He is the joy and rejoicing of our hearts! (John 1:14)

He came and revealed Himself to us and to all those who receive Him, all who “feed” upon Him, they receive eternal life and joy and strength. The Joy of the Lord is our Strength! Knowing that we are Loved perfectly by Him is what enables us to receive the fullness of this joy. Partaking in His communion and remembering His sacrifice are we daily reminded that we are redeemed and it is a free gift to all, through no effort or earnings of our own! In this we REJOICE!

Yeshua Jesus said, “And now I come to You (to the Father.) And I speak these in the world so that they (His adopted children) have My joy completed in them. (John 17:13)

Again, Yeshua Jesus is the Word that is found, He is that which we feed upon, the bread of Heaven, and through His finished work, we find hope, joy and strength! John 6:50-51

This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one might eat of eat and not die. I (Yeshua Jesus) am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

What a Mighty, Loving and Awesome God!

Stay tuned, as I hope to illustrate the verse from Jeremiah soon!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Enjoy this beautiful song of worship glorifying Him as the Bread of Heaven, the Living Word, Our Savior!

“No Longer Slaves” By Bethel Church: A Music Interlude of Sweet Worship and Adoration

I heard this song a few days ago when a Brother in Christ posted it on his Facebook page. His description of it was so moving that I had to listen (would have done so anyway since I love to worship with Bethel Church.)

These words just resonant within my soul and encompass me in the sweetest love of God! I am no longer a slave of fear, I am free, I am a child of God! You can be too!

Jesus came for us all! His gift is for all! All you have to do is say YES!

God Bless!

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Another Message on Loneliness Presented by Pastor Joseph Prince

I count it divine that I came across this the day after I wrote my post on loneliness. Here is an 8min snippet from a message preached by Pastor Joseph Prince.

If you are not familiar with him and his teachings on the true gospel of Grace and Truth, you can find out more by visiting www.josephprince.org 

To read my original post dealing with my journey on the topic, click HERE.

Cheers and May Jesus bless you!

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A Message to the Body of Christ: Whose fault is it anyway?

I had to share this teaching by Pastor Ron Carpenter. This word is heavy hitting but it is relevant and it is a dose of reality that the Body of Christ needs to take.

Be blessed and due prayerfully consider and receive what is being said. To God, Yeshua Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer, Father, Friend and King be the Glory for ever! Amen!

Cheers!

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Except for You: A poem

I make mistakes

Even though its not something that I like to do

And I break my heart

Even though its not mine

It belongs to You

And I give my all

Even when it seems like zeros across the board

And no one else sees

the Worth that’s left of me

Except for You, Lord

Except for you Lord

I am nothing

Except for you Lord

I’m a well run dry

Except for you Lord

I am hardly all that I could every want to be

Except for when I find myself in You

Lost in Your peace

 

I actually sang this as somewhat of a lament, filled with equal parts repentance, revelation, and the utmost gratitude unto Yeshua Jesus. Trials are often met with disdain, but there is no purity to gold without fire. No matter how long I walk with Him, I will ever be the student, having to re-learn this truth on different levels of understanding. I thank Him nonetheless for His goodness. 

Cheers!

 

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The Love of the Savior

I can touch more than the hem of Your Garment. I can touch Your heart.” ~Candice Coates

Messiah Yeshua, Jesus Christ, the Mighty Right Hand of God, God Himself, the Creator of all and the Lord of all, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, The Mighty King made Himself humble just to be near to us. How great the depth of His love, often misunderstood, often misrepresented. But His light is too fierce for darkness to overshadow. His love is tenacious and open for us all in Spirit, Grace and Truth.