One myth among people who follow Jesus is that God just wants us to be ourselves. We rise, we fall, we succeed, we fail, but as long as we can emerge from it all having “stayed true to ourselves”, we win. We call it authenticity, but might it actually be a kind of idolatry?
We are grasping for tiny false gods to meet the God-sized needs in our souls. In my experience, the human soul’s deep yearning for God boils down to three needs: LOVE, DIRECTION, APPROVAL.