From Honest To God? Becoming an Authentic Christian by Bill Hybels (published by Zondervan in 1990), page 14-15.
...To build authentic relationships with Jesus Christ, we have to declare war against whatever worldly entanglements keep us from daily fellowship with Him. we have to buck the agendas and values of society and slow down long enough to commune with Him.
...I know I am living authentically when I sense God's power, or come up with ideas that aren't my own, or exhibit wisdom beyond my human insights. I know it when I'm preaching and the Holy Spirit does a work I couldn't do in the flesh. I know it when I'm praying and feel an extra surge of faith. I know it when I respond to confrontation with uncharacteristic humility. I know it when my conscience won't let me slip into grayness. I know it when I get home after a busy day and really try to serve my wife. I know it when I follow God out on a limb even when I'm scared silly.
I agree, Lord, with the things Rev. Hybels says here. But, I've also learned that it isn't just "worldly entanglements" that can steal away the time I should be sitting, silent, waiting for Your voice. It's often those "good" things I volunteer for that eat away my time. It's even the "godly" things I do. The classes I teach. The organizations I volunteer with. The favors I do for family and friends. They can all keep not only my calendar full, but my mind. They can occupy my thoughts so that I neglect to simply sit, to still myself, and to listen for Your words for me.
That doesn't happen often enough, though. Does it? I usually rush into Your presence, agenda in hand, one eye on the clock. Forgive me, Father, for placing MY agenda ahead of Yours. Forgive me, please, for squeezing You into MY day.
Then, when I've surrounded you and injected you with My Spirit you become transparent, clean, holy. Then, and only then, can I live out My life in you. That's when your life becomes authentic, Little One. When people look at you, but they see right through you and see Me.