Tagged: Identity

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Truth and Personhood

I am starting to remember or at least to be vaguely aware of something that was, not so very long ago, and has since faded from my view. It is not that it disappeared, but perhaps I was not yet able to see it in its full color without spending some time away. Or perhaps I simply journeyed toward this destination by some other road than I needed to. In any case, I have come full circle once again to the fundamental questions that I asked myself back in 2009. As I sit here with my head throbbing from a...

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To Be or To Do

The value of an individual is measured by existence not performance. There are things that I want to do because they increase my ability to enjoy existing. There are things that I do in order to continue existing. But if I begin to base the value of my existence on what I accomplish toward these ends, their accomplishment becomes meaningless and my value becomes an illusive hope that someday I will possess the validation of my existence. -Charles M. Heyworth

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Be Powerful

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within...

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Noblesse Oblige

Noblesse Oblige. The obligation of the nobility. The duty of royalty. The posture of a prince. All can be summed up in a word: service. Royalty comes with responsibility. The responsibility of stewarding others. The posture of a prince is one that serves his people. He sacrifices his own desires for the expense of his Father’s kingdom. He lets go of his ambitions for the sake of serving his people. He gives his life to defend and protect those in his kingdom who cannot do so. His title is high and lofty, yet his life is low and humble. Because...

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I see you

“I see you.” This phrase is used in the movie ‘Avatar’ as a form of greeting by the native people. Though its use in the movie is cultural, the application of its idea is incredibly Christian. To see people means to look past the image that a person presents to see the person that God created them to be. 1 Samuel 16:7 For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. I have seen people this week. I see the lives that they live outside of the context...

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Jesus Changes Everything

I have seen Jesus in a new light and it has made everything about my life irrelevant… He is holy, He is Holy, HE IS HOLY! What more can I say? It is as if I have not known before this great being that I serve. This one that can not be described with the most illustrious words, this one that cannot be seen with even the strongest eyes, the one whose reality is so great that it can never be fully revealed. This one who walked the earth and was human like I am. This one who defeated sin....