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Living Authentically [Move Magazine Feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, May 7, 2016 Under: Move magazine


The latest edition of Move magazine is out and it's a cracker! It's all about how to live out and speak out our faith authentically in our communities, our families, universities and workplaces. There are loads of great ideas and conversation starters. Look out for the stories of two students from the North East, as well as the 'Word on the Street' feature where Emily and I had great fun talking about God to people on the streets of Newcastle!

Here's how Communications Director Danielle introduces this issue:

"“As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4: 6-7

Do Paul’s words inspire you with a vision for your life? Are they a source of motivation? Or do they fill you with a sense of inadequacy, or maybe even guilt?

If I’m honest, over the years I’ve experienced all of these feelings as I’ve contemplated Paul’s no-holds-barred faithfulness. Could I EVER live a life like that? What would it look like for me to be faithful for a lifetime?
Without being conscious of it, I used to view my ‘faithfulness’ as the sum total of my most recent experience. Had I made the most of every opportunity to talk about Jesus? Or had I chickened out that day? I made sharing my faith more about what I did, rather than being part of what God’s spirit was already doing. And I didn’t always allow myself to fully experience God’s grace and love for me, even as I aimed to share it with others.

Over the years, I have come to see that the race Paul is talking about is a marathon, not a sprint. A life lived authentically is one surrendered to Jesus for the long haul. A life where our sense of adequacy and identity is not constrained by ‘what have I done for God lately.’ A life where we are free to step out in faith, whether we fail or succeed, because we know that we are fully and deeply loved by God."

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