Tag: identity

The Art of Losing Myself

Art of Losing Myself

I was driving home tonight and the well-known worship song, ‘From the Inside Out‘ came on. This is one of my favorites. I’ve heard it a thousand times, but this lyric caught me tonight:

“Your will above all else, my purpose remains. The art of losing myself, in bringing You praise.”

Last week, I wrote a post about the believer’s identity in Christ and how Jesus makes us each a new creation. He gives us the Spirit and the power to put our old selves to death. This lyric is a beautiful reminder of God’s master stroke in this work of art that we call creation.

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I'm Not Who I Thought I Was and Neither Are You

I'm Not Who I Thought I Was and Neither Are You

When I was 12 years old, I thought I was Batman. I had just watched Batman Forever and was on this huge superhero kick. I would wear a black cape, stand on top of tall objects, and sing Seal’s Kiss From a Rose while attempting to strike terror into the hearts of criminals.

I quickly learned that this simply wasn’t true. I was not Batman.

Fast forward 12 years. I thought I was a professional musician. I even went so far as to get all of the training and buy all of the gear. I would grab my guitar, play for large crowds and get paid for it! It was great. My name was wanna-be rock star.

I slowly learned that this was not who I truly am.

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It All Starts With Who

leadership identity

We’ve all been believing a lie. This lie is sneaky. It seems to be an obvious truth, but is really an insidious deception. I believed it for years. You probably believe it too.

Here’s the lie:

You are what you do.

Here are some things that this lie would have us believe:

  • I marry a lovely person, therefore I am lovely.
  • I get a promotion, therefore I am successful.
  • I build a thriving company, therefore I am a great leader.

Those connections are all somewhat logical, but they lead us down the wrong road. As we head down that road, we continually define ourselves by the stuff that we’re able to produce. Our identity is mistakenly identified by the activity of our lives.

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Failure is Not My Identity

Failure is not my IdentityThis week, we’re going to be talking about failure.

Of all the negative thoughts and self defeating attitudes that every one of us struggle with, the fear of failure is the most dangerous.  This fear is a defense mechanism. It will keep you safe. It will safeguard your comfortable lifestyle. It will protect your reputation.

The fear of failure accomplishes its task by locking you in a box. Your safety is a result of limited exposure. Your comfort is birthed from ignorance. Your reputation is shielded from attack by the maintenance of an unremarkable status quo.

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