Being True to Yourself

Jeff S. Bray
3 min readMay 4, 2022

There comes a time when we all need to be true to who we are and step out, stand tall, and shout to the world of our convictions. For me, that time has come. Yes, with this blog, I have long professed my faith, and it has been the one source where that faith has been evident. But starting this week, I’ve come out of my cocoon and spread that across all my social media channels. It came time to forget about what it meant to the numbers.

Watching the Growth

You see, I had the hidden fear that if I openly professed my faith in Christ, I would see the growing number of followers drop. I put my faith in the growth in who I was as an author and the name I had built up. You catch a theme there? “I.” That is not a good theme to have when all that was there was given to me by God. The success I have is a path that the Lord has taken me on since the gift was given to me. Who am I to claim any of it?

Bearing the Name

The first thing I have done is add “Christian” to all of my platforms. So now, I’m not just an author, I am a Christian Author. Placing that title on my pages gave me such a sense of relief. It was a small thing, but aligning myself with a title that better describes who I am and identifies me with Christ, was a big thing for me mentally.

“Welcome to the Circus”

That was the title of a song our Drama Team used to perform back in the day. The skit was called The Mask. It was about pretending to be someone you are not. It was more about having an addiction and wearing a mask to pretend everything was okay, but for me, I was hiding behind the mask of my own name and success that I put God in the back seat and only wore His name when it came to my website and this blog. I would say, “Look, God. See, I represent you.” But while I am an author who is a Christian, I was not a Christian Author, even when my books contain Christian themes.

A Slight Detour

Last week everything changed. I hit a severe bout of depression. I was in such a pit and couldn’t get out of it. I realized that I wasn’t happy in my own world I had created. I was constantly relying on myself to provide for my writing success. Seeing my name in lights, headlined, and getting as many followers as…

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Jeff S. Bray

Christian Author and Freelance Writer specializing in helping writers excel in their craft and working with parents to develop a child’s hunger for reading.