Today, Rich Nathan challenged us to all think about where we find our sense of identity. He took us through three options, the first two being the most popular by far. Option one is to gain your sense of self through other selves. In other words look outward. The self esteem movement is all about this option. Option two is to look inward. You define you. Only you. You give yourself the freedom to be whoever you want to be. Option three is to look upward and find our identity in who God says we are.
Option one inevitably has our sense of self dependent on whatever self we value most. Talk about giving another power. Option two requires we count on ourself. I don’t know about you but I’m not sure I trust myself quite that much. Option three requires humility and belief in something/someone bigger than me, whose image I’m made in, and who knows me at a depth not even I can reach. Option three makes the most sense to me. Which option you choosing, friend? Outward, inward, or upward?
“Finally, brethren , whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
Thanks Rich for another good reminder. It’s not as important that you and I know who we are as whose we are. Meditate here, friend. Meditate here. Good…