Yesterday morning, my son and I almost died on the way to his school. We had pulled up to a stop sign and were starting through the intersection when a van came screaming up beside us, mostly stopped and flew around our front end. Thanks to my ninja-quick reflexes, we stopped in time and avoided the collision but it was still pretty intense.
The best part, though, had to be the bumper sticker on the rear end of the van that said, “Safety is my goal.” Let me tell you, in that moment, they completely missed their mark. And it got me to thinking this thought…
Authenticity doesn’t need a bumper sticker.
If you have to wear a label telling everyone who you are, you’re probably spending valuable time trying to maintain an image that doesn’t quite fit you instead of building a life that speaks for itself. If you’re really investing in your goal, it’s evident in your life. If you’re really intent on living up to your name, you don’t have to plaster it across your bumper.
- Steve Jobs didn’t wear a nametag that said, “I am the founder of the most innovative company ever.” He didn’t need a label because he was too busy being that person.
- George W. Bush doesn’t wear a nametag that said, “I led America through some of the darkest days it’s ever faced.” And Barack Obama doesn’t wear a nametag that says, “I am the president of the United States.” Neither of them need a label to tell people who they are.
- Jesus didn’t wear a nametag that said, “I am the Messiah.” He just was the Messiah.
You could go online and find an unending supply of Christian bumper stickers with cute and overused sayings on them…
- “Proud To Be A Christian”
- “My Boss Is A Jewish Carpenter”
- “God Said It / I Believe It / That Ends It”
- “Be Profound / Not Profane”
- “YOU WILL NOT Silence My Message / YOU WILL NOT Mock My God / YOU WILL STOP Killing My Generation”
But instead of investing money in some sweet nametags, consider investing in an authentic life that speaks for itself.
Be known for who you are, not for what your bumper says. Authenticity has done more for the Kingdom than the most finely worded label.