The Real Deal

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Authentic.  Real.  Genuine.  Sincere.  Not a phony.

You can say you are all of these things all day long, but words are fairly inexpensive.  It is your motives and your actions that will always tip your hand.

And in the world in which we live, most people can smell a phony from a mile away.

“Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.”  – Romans 12:9 (NLT)

I think that sometimes I try too hard to make it look like I have it all together.  I don’t.   I’ve yelled at my kids,  argued loudly with my wife, missed opportunities, been lazy, been a hypocrite, gotten depressed, been angry with God and a host of other stupid things along the way.  

Obviously I’m not perfect, but by God’s grace, I am forgiven and growing.  And that motivates me to see the people around me differently.   To genuinely care about them and to not insult them by “acting” as though I do.  

An honest view of self provides me with a healthy dose of perspective and humility as I strive to lead and Pastor others.

“We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 6:6 (NLT)

It’s time to lose the fake smile.  

It’s time to gain the real smile.

I’m working on it.  How about you?  Are you the “real deal?”

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