Galatians 3:23-29

I have a number of identities: parent, spouse, child, Christian, reader, writer, teacher, employee, church member, runner, minister. Some of these identities are with me forever, others come and go with the season and circumstance. I really want to be “good” at all of these things. I want to be professional at work. I want to be personable at church. I want to be a caring parent and a fun friend. In my quest to be “good” in all of these roles, I have learned to adapt like a chameleon to each situation. Sometimes, the aspirational replaces the authentic, leaving me feeling lonely and unsatisfied. 

Paul’s words to the Galatians remind me that Christ frees me from the strict expectations surrounding these identities. Through faith, I am not subject to the world’s scope of success. Through faith, my identity is already acceptable, already good. Regardless of the circumstance, we are free to be authentic. We don’t have to try to be good. We already are good in Christ.

Releasing a lifetime of societal anxieties and expectations can feel scary and uncomfortable. Sometimes it means not playing by the rules. Sometimes it means speaking a truth when we are unsure of the outcome. However, when we rest in the knowledge that we are good because God calls us good, and loved just as we are, we can feel safe in our own skin. In turn, we can invite others to share this authentic space with us. We can be a nonjudgmental presence as others experience the safety and love within God’s family.


What expectations and judgments do I need to release in order to be authentic? 


God, through your love, I am free to be exactly who you created me to be. Help me to boldly and authentically be myself. Show me opportunities to extend your love to others. Amen.

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