Authentic vs Artificial
By JW Kaiser

To wave pool or not to wave pool; that is the question.

Who wouldn’t want to take a dip in one of the many wave pools coming online lately, assuming you could afford a session or two? However, the discussion gets a little bit more complicated when it comes to the questions like, “Is it really surfing, or just like surfing since the waves are artificial?” Or, “Is competing in a wave pool a worthy competition since the waves are all the same?”

The discussions around wave pools usually involves the words “authentic” and “artificial”. What makes something authentic? The word “authentic” comes from a Greek word that means to accomplish what its original intent is.

What is God’s intent for you? Are you living an authentic life, or one that it is artificial? This is a bold statement, but if you think you are in charge of your own life, your life is probably more artificial than authentic. If you are trying to submit to live your life in a faith filled relationship with Jesus Christ, then your life can be the authentic life God has planned for you.

What if you don’t feel “authentic”? What if you feel like a you aren’t who should be in your relationship with Christ? The good news is that you aren’t a completed project yet. You are still becoming what God intends for you. There is nothing artificial about God or his authentic and good plans for you.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6