Counterfeit– “made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged.”(Webster)
If you place a counterfeit twenty dollar bill beside a genuine twenty dollar bill they appear to be the exact same thing. You would have to look closely and study the twenty dollar bill to realize that it is a fake.
In today’s world, being fake is the “cool” thing to do. Somehow we have gotten the idea that being someone we are not is okay. I don’t want to be fake in any aspect of my life. The way I look at it is that if God wanted me to be someone else He would have made me that person and not myself.
1. I don’t want to be a counterfeit Christian.
Posting bible verses on social media and putting a Jesus fish bumper sticker on your car are both great things to do, but this does not mean you’re truly walking with God.
Matthew 6:5 “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” KJB
I don’t want to only claim Jesus when others are watching. I want to truly walk with Christ every day regardless of what others are doing or saying about it. I have always loved the saying, “If you were on trial for being Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? ” I have honestly asked myself that question and there are most certainly times that I am not radiating the love of Christ in my life and I am not so sure I would be convicted. Having a personal relationship with Christ while living in this sinful world is not easy. The woman who refuses to partake in the wickedness of this world will find herself shunned. I promise you will always have a friend in Jesus, and I will gladly be your friend as well. It takes true faith and courage to be a genuine follower of Christ.
2. I don’t want to live a counterfeit life
If you have any kind of social media account you know that you are only seeing the “perfect” side of things. You and I have both posted the perfect meals, well-dressed children, and fun family outings. Please do not get me wrong and think that those things aren’t okay. They are completely fine and I love when my meals turn out perfect or we go on a family adventure, but that is not the whole story. Life is not always perfect and we have a habit on social media of hiding what real life looks like. We want to portray ourselves as having it all together and “winning at life.” There are definitely wonderful times in life but there are also hard times we all go through. I will be the first to say that I do not have a perfect life and that is okay. It is perfectly imperfect. Don’t compare your life to someone else’s because I promise you they have struggles just like you. “Comparison is the thief of joy.”-Theodore Roosevelt
3. I don’t want to be a counterfeit woman
Being a woman is hard enough without adding in the constant pressure to meet the world’s ridiculous standards. Magazines and movies are constantly telling us that we aren’t good enough the way we are. We aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, etc. I am here to tell you that you are you for a reason. God does not want us to fake a lifestyle or fake who we truly are. The world is full of women who just need Jesus to change their lives and show them how treasured they really are. You don’t need to have perfect eyebrows or have the best hair you simply need to be the 100%, genuine, one-of-a-kind YOU!