While you might say that you don’t care what other people think, truly living authentically is another matter. You can hide the truth from other people, but you can’t hide it from yourself.
It’s not about what you actually say. One of the best ways to know that you’re living an authentic life is to listen to your emotions. Remember no one can ever tell you how to feel. We know that sometimes our emotions get the best of us. That is why it is so important for us to allow the Holy Spirit to have rule in our everyday lives. He is fully God and given to us as a guide, helper, counselor, teacher, comforter and source of power. When we yield, allowing Him to guide and rule, we find ourselves walking in step with Christ and pleasing Him. It’s then we are most fulfilled and growing as God desires.
Caring what other people think, will ensure you live a small life. The biggest risk we can take is to not risk being who we really are. No matter what you do, you will oppose people, so you might as well be yourself. You owe it to the world to be authentic. The good news is that authenticity is a learnable skill. Like anything else, it all comes down to practice.
Begin by practicing what you preach. Preaching is not limited to the street corner or the pulpit. To “preach” is to tell others the right way to do something; to “practice” is to do the thing yourself. You “practice what you preach” when you yourself do something the same way you tell others to do it. Example: “You keep telling me how to hit the ball. Why don’t you practice what you preach?” Our actions (what we do) should always be consistent with our words (what we say). That’s authenticity
It is so easy for us to complain and criticize about something where we are not making a difference. However, if we get in the trenches and make some things happen, we will see “what is in it” for us. The key is instead of being a spectator be a participator and get involved. To be involved means to be committed or engaged. For example, our lack of commitment and engagement in church is why it’s “so boring.” However, if we become involved in an area of ministry, we may find a wonderful connection that can make a whole world of difference. The same can happen within our communities, schools, occupations and just everyday life. Yes, it requires you to do something.
Throughout the remainder of this year take the initiative to make school band more hype, the cheerleading squad the best, or the math class more challenging. In church, let your youth leaders know you want to fellowship with other young people from other churches, you want to have a sports tournament or a concert. At home, let your parents in on what a night of family fun would look like- you plan dinner and pick the game to play.