Things I learn as I teach: Authenticity

Deer season

I found this comic while seeking material for my Tuesday lesson on humor and literature. My students loved it and chuckled at the ridiculousness behind pretending to be something we aren’t.

Authenticity is one of those buzz words that keeps coming up during my time at TFA. Students will see right through you, experienced teachers say, don’t pretend to be something you’re not.

What does it mean to be born again? Again and again I’ve prayed to God make me genuine. I want to worship in spirit and in truth. I want to be the real thing. I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not.

I ask my students, what’s at risk? They say, life. The silly disguise won’t work. We laugh. The deer could die, they say. And I shudder.

Lord, let me be found in you. My disguises won’t save me. Only in Christ is there mercy. Only in you there is safety.