Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by contributing writer Maureen Lunn.
One of the first things I learned when I came to be a part of the Unbound community was that there’s a strong connection to the organization’s co-founders and the communities Unbound serves.
I learned that Unbound is all about relationships. Authentic relationships.
Authenticity can be a tricky word, often confused with honesty or accuracy. To be authentic means to stay true, to be real, not to imitate or have false appearances. At Unbound, it’s among the set of values we adhere to when it comes to leadership.
This tenet of authenticity in our commitment to gentle, balanced leadership calls us back to the values of our co-founders and keeps us true to the families we serve. It’s reminiscent of Paul’s letter to Timothy, in which he writes that the authentic faith he saw in Timothy, he recognized in Timothy’s mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). This message is echoed in Unbound today. So much of what I’ve learned about our co-founders and the sponsored children and families first served by Unbound more than 35 years ago, I see reflected today in our staff and the families participating in our programs.
For us, authenticity means to stay true to who we are and who God has called us to be from the beginning. The result is a global family whose members aim to continually remind one another that God is with us, and in us, no matter who we are or where we live.
That is the mystery that binds us together as one authentic community: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Oh God, you are the one true God. Thank you for revealing yourself to us through your Spirit and your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to stay true to who you are, remembering that you are the one who empowers us to better our world with hope, love and authentic service. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.