Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Authentic You

11/17/06
Becoming More Than We Are Now

“It takes so little to be above average.” Florence Littauer

We forget, sometimes, that what we think permeates our being to become who we are. What we think about our bodies. What we think about our minds. What we think about our pasts. What we think about our futures.

If we’re not careful, we will limit ourselves and those around us, settling for less than what we could be. If we are caught up in what is and what always has been true for our lives and fail to see the possibilities—the “what could be”—we live diminished lives. We think small and are afraid to reach for more. Like hermit crabs, we may feel scrunched up in tiny shells, but afraid to step out of the comfort of the snug, familiar surroundings.

God calls us to stretch beyond who we are today. When we embrace this calling we become alive to new possibilities and are able to give so much more to those around us. We go from mere existence to abundant life—authentic, abundant life.

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" Romans 12:2

2 comments:

Sally Ferguson said...

Anita,
As we have talked about in CLASS chat, overcoming the mind is incredibly difficult. Knowing that the Lord has enabled us to do something, and actually stepping out to do it, can be difficult. We are constantly in the learning process of seeing ourselves as God sees us, instead of seeing ourselves with limitations. God is the Enabler. Yet, I disable Him by my unbelief. I am with Thomas; Lord, help my unbelief!
Sally Ferguson
Jamestown, NY

Sally Ferguson said...

Anita,
As we have talked about in CLASS chat, overcoming the mind is incredibly difficult. Knowing that the Lord has enabled us to do something, and actually stepping out to do it, can be difficult. We are constantly in the learning process of seeing ourselves as God sees us, instead of seeing ourselves with limitations. God is the Enabler. Yet, I disable Him by my unbelief. I am with Thomas; Lord, help my unbelief!
Sally Ferguson
Jamestown, NY