Your Authentic Self

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Read that invitation by Matthew 6:6 to 'go to your room and shut the door.' What do you think? Does it sound scary? Exciting?

Years ago that would have sounded incredibly intimidating to me.
Picturing an intimate relationship with God seemed like something for 'those holy people' and I would have never placed myself in that category. (Only the perfect people were holy in my book.)

That all changed when I learned that growing into your authentic self was a pathway to growing closer to God. 
Thomas Merton's book, "New Seeds of Contemplation" deeply touched me when I read, "For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefor the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self."

You just have to be you!  
I was so happy to hear this and my life-long journey of growing into my true self began. The more I work on my self-acceptance and my understanding of a loving and merciful God, the more I 'hear' how I'm supposed to live my life. The closer I live into God's call for me, the more peaceful I feel.

Learning more about yourself makes you a better Christian. 
Fr. James Martin, SJ in "Becoming Who You Are" writes, "The more we live out our true selves, and the more we become the person whom God intended, the more we see the spectacular effects of a well-lived vocation. The father who fully embraces his vocation as a father becomes a better father, and his children receive even more love. The mother becomes a better mother. The doctor becomes a better doctor. The friend becomes a better friend. And the Christian becomes a better Christian."

Learning about yourself lessens your of anxiety and self-doubt. 
When you accept all that you are and all that you are not, you are no longer spending time and energy feeling anxious about what others think. You have less self-doubt and feel confident saying "no" to the the things you don't have time or energy for because you know what your "yeses" should be.

Do you hunger for that kind of journey? 
Do you feel like there is something more out there you are supposed to live into? Do you want a more meaningful prayer life to help you 'hear' where God is calling you? 

Please share below. I want to hear from you. 
1. When do you feel most like yourself? This could be anything from cooking for your family, volunteering at church, working in your career, listening to a friend, or helping a sick family member.

2. Is there anything new you have ever wanted to do but were nervous to try? Sometimes that is the very thing God is calling you to try.

3. Have you ever felt like you knew what God wanted you to do? How did you 'hear' that?

4. What do you think when you read the Matthew 6:6 verse?