Thursday, February 14, 2013

I Am Who I Am, Who I Am


Who you are determines the way you see everything. You cannot separate your identity from your perspective. -- John Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader, January 4th

That quote actually highlights two truths, not just one.  Regarding our identity, we really have two personalities and always will.

As we’re growing up, there’s usually a certain amount of make believe playing.  The boys were often a gangster, a cowboy, or a superhero.  Not so much a businessman.  The girls would be a cowgirl heroine, maybe Wonder Woman, or a housewife.  When I grew up there weren’t all that many superheroes.  By the time we reach adulthood, a lot of “reality” has crept in.  Our “make believe” is based on what we see around us.  It’s sometimes a very false viewpoint, based on perceptions of ourselves that may have no basis whatsoever in reality.

The self help gurus and some schools of psychology deal with our adult “make believe”, taking us from one perception of ourselves to another, perhaps never touching the inner self.  Paul said, in 1Corinthians 15:10, "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.".  If we don't deal with the inner man, it's like using a bandaid on an axe wound.  The whole problem just isn't covered.

If you've been reading here for very long, you know that my favorite verse is Matthew 6:33.  It says "seek first", etc.  And for the next week or so, maybe longer, maybe less, that's my goal.  A car doesn't run without  fuel and maintenance.  That's true of man's spiritual and intellectual life, as well.  So, I'm going to take some time to spiritually refuel and to think out some plans for the future. Yes, I want to do everything handed to me, whether the capacity is there or not.  So, in the next week or so, I'll be:

  1. Spending a bunch more time in the Word,
  2. Roping in a schedule that has overflowed in all kinds of directions,
  3. Reorganizing my schedule to fit the necessary things in, tossing out some of the unnecessary,
  4. Working on redesigning the blog, and
  5. Catching up on some rest that I haven't gotten in a long time.
In other words, it's all good.  But also much needed.  God's the only real fuel supplier I know of.  So, I'm making sure I hear from Him on what He wants me to do, how, and when.  So, we look forward to returning refreshed in a week or two.  It's a joyous journey.

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