We’ve been going about finding ourselves the wrong way. We’ve been putting too much effort into trying to be original (which is an oxymoron because you can’t try to be something you originally are). We’ve been holding on to the wrong things. We want to live but we’ve forgotten how to die in order to live. We think everything we have is ours; our families, our dreams, our jobs, our degrees, our positions. It’s time to find our lives by finding Christ!
Read: Read this powerful excerpt from C.S. Lewis’, Mere Christianity silently. Notice the action words used. Notice the tone.
“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body. In the end submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”
Think: Read the excerpt again, this time take notice of the statement that is most profound to you or the verbs or words that got your attention. What is it about this word or thought that caught your attention? What concepts are a challenge for you? Do you live consciously everyday knowing your life and everything about it is God’s?
Pray: Ask God to show you yourself. Look for Him to show you areas of your life that are misguided. Ask Him to help you “die” in those areas that need to die so you can live.
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Identical twin sisters Lanelle and Leatisher Jackson, affectionately known as Nell and Tish, are both licensed professional counselors in the State of Ohio; treating children, adolescents, adults and families. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org