We discussed the authenticity of Jesus Christ.
We dissected the authenticity of the Bible.
We encourage one another to preach with an authentic voice.
I was told to always be my full authentic self – since that’s the person God called into ministry.
Here’s the thing.
Sometimes I don’t like myself. I would rather be somebody else.
Given this fun fact - how can I be authentically me when I’d rather be Julianne Moore or Emma Watson?
Or is this one of those chicken and egg things?
Perhaps I am being true to myself when I want to be someone else.
Doesn’t everyone have times like this?
God called me just as I am– forty-something, snarky, witty and loving – and a woman who would sometimes rather be someone else with a more (as it looks from the outside) glamorous life. And so I minister here in this cold and snowy place to other people who also sometimes dream of being astronauts or actors, doctors or dancers, pilots or painters. Here in this place, my authentic self (who wants to be someone else today, thank you very much) meets your authentic self (who also wants to be someone else today) and we muddle through together.
Pay no attention to my fake British accent. It will go away soon enough.