In order to fully pursue the purpose God has placed on our lives, we are looking at how to avoid self-defeating behaviors. Each week for six weeks we’re looking at one of the following:
To get out of you own way, you need to remember…
1. …your identity
2. …what you are doing
3. …your purpose
4. …the people
5. …to be strategic
6. …the outcome
REMEMBER YOUR IDENTITY
Your identity, your value, is neither dependent on the things you do nor on the opinions of other people. The list of titles you hold or the roles you play do not validate who you are. Being CEO, or manager, or movie star, or salesperson, or writer, or parent, or spouse is not the measure of your life. Your finished “To Do” list does not give you meaning. If you receive position, power, wealth, security, etc. from a person, then a person can take it away. If you receive it from an event or activity, it will last only as long as that event or activity is deemed important or remembered by others.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
You are significant because God loves you. He called and you responded. You cannot earn it by what you do, so you cannot lose it by what you do (or don’t do). God gives it freely to you and will not take it away. Mistakes, delays, failures, successes, accomplishments, advances – they do not affect His view of you or His heart for you. Nothing can change God’s passion for you.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As you pursue your purpose, you will face many challenges and roadblocks. Don’t allow them to undermine who you think you are or who you think God is. It is important to remember that these difficulties have nothing to do with who you are but are about what you are trying to do… which is next week’s topic.
Next week: REMEMBER WHAT YOU ARE DOING