Do You Know What You Are? And Does it Matter Anyway?

May 18, 2012 — 2 Comments

Worth every dollar.

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to discover Jeff Goins. He’s cool for a few reasons:

1. He regularly writes helpful, practical content on his blog.

2. He’s proud of the fact that a kid said he looks like Luke Skywalker.

He had me hooked when I found that out. So I decided to buy his most recent e-book, You Are A Writer. I read through this short, but profound book while flying down to Nashville to visit my brother (more on that later…).

In essence, Goins’ premise is that the quality of his work dramatically improved when he actually called himself a writer. For so long he had been an aspiring writer, or somebody who was trying to be successful with writing.

Everything changed for him when he stopped waiting to be noticed, acknowledged his gifts, and chose himself.

He began to see an increase in blog traffic, people started coming to him for his work, and he gained momentum in his career. Once he claimed that he was a writer, he started to believe it. Believing that he was a writer, he started acting more like one. As he acted more like one, others began to believe it too.

Jeff’s book is one large reason why I’ve been much more intentional about writing over the last few weeks. I am quite thankful for his encouraging words. They have inspired me to choose myself, like he did.

I am a writer.

But what are you?

God has given all of us particular talents, visions, dreams, and abilities. God truly desires to use each of us powerfully.

But too often, we haven’t acknowledged the reality that God has for us. We haven’t chosen ourselves, even though God already has.

In my line of work as a pastor, I see many people with great potential who haven’t chosen themselves. They don’t believe they are properly equipped to do great things. They think they are too busy to get more involved. They might feel that maybe they don’t know enough about the Bible. I get sad when I see this happen. I see the incredible potential in people, and I am certain God wants to use them for great things.

To the contrary, consider what Scripture says we are:

1. You are a new creation. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

2. You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. – 1 Peter 2:9

3. You are an adopted son or daughter of the God of all creation. – Romans 8:15

4. You are not your own. You were bought with a price. – 1 Corinthians 6:19

5. You are the body of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12: 27

6. You are created in the image of God. – Genesis 1:27

God has already chosen you. Have you chosen yourself?

What would your life look like if you began to more fully embrace the reality of these truths? Is there a God-given passion that you haven’t completely pursued because of fear or doubt? Because you felt that surely somebody else could do a better job at it?

Reread the list above. You are all six of those things. How will you live out that reality today?

Let me know in the comment section below.


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  • Great thoughts, Austin. Activity flows from identity.

  • Sara

    I am going to choose to be present today and I am going to choose joy today.