Sunday, January 11, 2009

Who Are You?

Paul writes concerning the family of God, "Each one of you is a separate and necessary part" (1 Corinthians 12:27 TLB). But in order to determine where you fit in, it helps to know yourself. For example, what kind of working environment brings out the best in you? Do you thrive on routine? Are you motivated by other people's needs? Do you enjoy tackling challenges that discourage others? The Bible say, "God shaped each person in turn." which means you're not supposed to be a carbon copy of anyone else. And how about your relationships? Do you enjoy being part of a team, or do you function better alone? If you only come to life around people, you'll probably be miserable sitting in front of a computer all day. What lights your fire?

In the movie Chariot of Fire, Eric Liddell described his zeal for running in these words: "I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."What makes you feel like that? There's a story about a man who was asked if he could play the violin. "I don't know, I've never tried!" he replied. When you think about it, it's a wise enough answer, because until you've tried something how do you know whether or not you'd be any good at it? For instance, a frog may be a great swimmer but it's a lousy flier. Some of us whose heroes are 'birds' walk around feeling bad about ourselves because we can't fly. You're not supposed to! God's Word says, "Be content with who you are" (1 Peter 5:6 TM). Stop flapping around out there and give yourself permission to be the person God made you to be!

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