Honest, Authentic and True

I came across a great video a few weeks ago. Billy Collins is one of my favorite living poets, and several of his poems have now been turned into animated shorts. In the video below, Collins presents five such poems.  The poems are about daydreaming, forgetfulness, fire-starting mice, and the pressures and expectations of being seventeen.

There’s nothing particularly religious or spiritual about the poems, but they are at times insightful, thought provoking, funny and touching. Most of all, though, like all good writing, they are honest and authentic and true.

There isn’t much in our world today that can consistently be called honest, authentic and true. If you’re like me, you crave a lot more authenticity in your life. Good poets don’t see the world like everyone else sees it. They are able to observe the world around them in unique ways and are then able to clearly, powerfully, beautifully and authentically communicate their unique observations.

A well-known pastor often encourages his congregation by telling them that they are not who the world says they are, they are who God says they are. And God doesn’t see you like everyone else sees you.  He understands you uniquely. The Bible is God’s way of communicating clearly, powerfully, beautifully and authentically just exactly who he thinks you are. And he thinks pretty highly of you.

Remember, God is always honest, authentic and true. And he has given us the creative power to do beautiful, amazing things. If you don’t believe me, just watch these poems.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it-we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up!  -1 John 3:1-2

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