Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Church News/Environmen­t - By Corri Bryne, Pas­tor

Is Our World on a Crash Course With Au­then­tic­ity?

As we hide be­hind walls of­fer­ing glimpses of re­al­ity – those that are “in­sta” wor­thy – are we speed­ing to­wards a head on col­li­sion with truth?

The fa­mous re­tort of Pi­late res­onates, “What is truth?”

Has cul­ture so clouded our judg­ment that we can no longer dis­cern truth from fic­tion? Our real selves from our pub­lic per­sonas?

With ever ris­ing lev­els of men­tal health; anx­i­ety, fear, de­pres­sion, ad­dic­tion, sui­cide … how long be­fore we en­counter truth? How long be­fore we even de­sire truth?

Our so­ci­ety has hood­winked us into be­liev­ing that more is bet­ter. More money, more power, more wealth, more pos­ses­sions, more con­trol, more for me which ul­ti­mately means less for you.

Yet time and time again I’ve seen that those that achieve this “more” ac­tu­ally seem to have less. Less joy, less se­cu­rity, less trust. Though do achieve more anx­i­ety and more fear try­ing to pro­tect what they have eked out.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and bur­dened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

If the an­swer doesn’t lie in wealth could it lie some­where else? Could we achieve se­cu­rity some­where other than money? Find joy in some­thing other than pos­ses­sions? Dis­cover ful­fil­ment, our plans and pur­pose, with­out the pur­suit of de­struc­tive power?

“There­fore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

Are we not more than our pos­ses­sions? Our jobs? Our bank bal­ance?

Truth es­capes no man – all will face it at some point. But when faced with our au­then­tic selves will we be happy with what we see? Will the mir­ror re­flect a face filled with joy or fear? Bound by love or alone?

This month I en­cour­age you to seek truth. Does what you do give ful­fil­ment? Who you are fill you with joy or loss?

There is a way, a truth and a life that of­fers true hope. In fact it is “THE way, THE truth and THE life” (John 14:6) and if we mimic this life then we are promised ac­cess to the Fa­ther and a life that will be filled with hope and joy.

Socrates shared the wis­dom know thy­self. Are we ready to face our au­then­tic self ?

You can find your true self, and with it, the joy, peace and love that has proved so elu­sive … and you will get rest.

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