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Blog Post 2 11/17/2015  

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others.  Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”
-Galatians 6: 4-5, The Message Bible  

Sometimes I know the exact point I want to proclaim; I have such clarity at that moment and by the time I get around to writing about it, it’s gone. I am not sure if this is an early sign of dementia, having 3 children, or God telling me to slow down! Regardless of that, I want to explain Who I Am and where I have come from to create some transparency with this blog.  

I recently wrote a little excerpt for my church bulletin regarding discipleship, but it really ended up focusing on my identity in Christ. Probably because when I wrote that I was struggling with leaving my job and starting something new. Not being able to identify myself with what I did or where I worked brought up feelings of inadequacy, but staying complacent with what I did brought up feelings of restlessness.    

So,  “Who Am I?” The simple fact is I am a child of God. Although, I have known this since I was 6 or 7 years old I wasn’t resting in this truth. We discover who we are, when we discover whose we are. I was resting in self-reliance, self -reservation, and self-promotion most days and this was exhausting (Thank you Pastor Kirk, as I am borrowing your message notes from Sunday). I still have a tendency to do all of those things and completing resting in that truth for me is an imperfect progress. I am finding more and more that if I step out in faith and honor my convictions and do the creative best for my life, I have peace.  

I tend to want to rush a head and check all the boxes, make sure everything is complete. God protects me by only giving me the demands I can handle. He carefully plans and creates opportunities for me to learn with each experience. Then, when the time is right I am equipped to handle the “big stuff”. I am thankful for this because me handling or controlling anything beyond what I am capable of at the moment becomes a disaster! I have to get back to the simple truth that I am a child of God and give my creative best with every opportunity!