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Genuine

June 17, 2006

I used to buy expensive sunglasses.  I would shell out $60 to $100 dollars for a pair of Oakleys, only to inevitably sit on them within the first week.  At some point, I realized this wasn’t financially sound, so I stopped.  I’m not sure how this works scientifically, but cheap sunglasses last forever!  Can someone explain this to me? 

I’ll never forget when a buddy of mine came home from traveling with some fake Oakleys.  They looked like the real deal, but they cost $5 dollars.  We called them jokelys.  I learned you can get a lot more than just fake brand name sunglasses.  Pens, watches, jewelry, clothes, you name it, there are counterfeits out there that look genuine.

There are even fake human beings.  When are you and I fake?  When we put up a front to make ourselves appear better than we are.  Of course this means at one time or another every one of us has been fake. Fake out of habit.  Fake out of fear.  Fake out of pride.  Fake out of pain.  Fake because it’s easier. 

We can live a pseudo life, in a pseudo community our whole lives.    Being genuine is hard.  Being genuine is messy.  Being genuine is scary.  But being genuine is the path to true relationships, true community.     

When I’m genuine I’ll share with you where I’m weak, where I’m wounded, and where I’ve fallen.  I’ll tell you these things because they are real, and they are a part of me.  And when you are genuine with me you’ll do the same.  How else can I accurately portray the work of the Holy Spirit in my life if I try to sell you that I have everything together?  How will I see God at work in you if you put up a front with me? How can we encourage one another when we aren’t real?

2 Cor 12:9-10  9But 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. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

When it comes to sunglasses, I suggest jokelys.  When it comes to relationships, let’s aim for the genuine article!

2 comments

  1. I always LOVE what you have to say, Jay.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. It was boring for the most part…I just think he is being fake…

    jk jk



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