How Does Life Pull Us Away from Our Authentic Self?

It’s a fact that everyday life has a way of pulling us further away from who we are on the inside. On the one hand, life shapes whatever we manifest along the path from childhood to becoming grown adults. And life even continues to mold our personality well into old age.

Life, with its ebb and flow, sudden setbacks, celebrated milestones, tough lessons, and unexpected encounters, earns us hard-earned badges of wisdom born from struggle.

But what happens when we surrender to the pressures of life instead of standing firmly for what we believe in when circumstances cry out for it?

Despite our awareness of what matters to us as individuals, we can certainly veer off on the path of our life existence. One day, we might by change make a small decision that snowballs into a bigger decision. Next thing you know, we have completely altered the outcome of whatever we were originally striving for.

For example, choosing the wrong friend can greatly set us back in our personal development. Spending our daily life with someone who does not support our authentic self can result in US becoming a stranger to ourselves as we struggle and fail to connect with this person.

In other words, we become less effective as a result of not being honored or acknowledged for our gifts and contributions. Choosing to partner with someone who doesn’t support us is a wrong-turn life decision that can take years to return to our course on a healthy path toward peace and comfort.

Another way that life can derail us from being authentic to our true nature is if we develop habits that are not in support of our own values and beliefs.

We may lack foresight in our initial, bad decision to participate in a certain activity. This could be an activity that is detrimental to our health, such as type of addiction, heavy drinking or smoking cigarettes, or even engaging in emotional eating.

The result is that we are pulled away from our value of maintaining good health and treating our bodies with respect. Clearly, choosing to not take care of ourselves is one mistake that can cost us precious years living in celebration of our truth and nurturing self-care.

To nourish one’s health is to support one’s truth with the action that speaks louder than words do of your self worth and commitment to living and being with others.

1 Corinthians 6:19 The Passion Translation (TPT)

19 Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary.

As the Holy Spirit resides in us, so, we are to honor God with our bodies as they “are not [our] own,” as Paul said. We have indeed been bought with a price. And it was not gold or silver or other perishable things by which we were redeemed; it was with the precious, unblemished blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Ordained by God before the foundation of the world (Acts 2:23), Christ’s blood purchased us out of the slavery of sin and set us free forever. And as Christian’s bodies are God’s temple, we are to use them to glorify God.


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