“Significance is about who we are before it is about what we do” (pg. 133).The enemy wants us to prove and earn our worth and to make our lives about us but Ortberg says, “our lives were meant to be signs that point ourselves to God” (pg. 133).
So who are we? Take a minute and write 5 things about who you are and 5 things about who you want to be.
- I am…a woman seeking her life purpose & calling.
- I am…a follower of Jesus (on most days).
- I am…a hurting soul who wants a mother’s hug so much that I leaned against a Catholic statue of Mary and wept.
- I am a very loved Child of God!
- I am…a woman who struggles with my self-image.
I want to be:
- I want to be…important and significant
- I want to be…a really great life coach.
- I want to be…someone who shares the hope of Jesus with others.
- I want to be…skinny, healthy, and beautiful (just sayin!)
- I want to be…free from my limiting beliefs and fears.
I have a lot of work to do to discover and accept more of who I am and live in that freedom as opposed to who I crave to be and to make myself significant. How about you? I encourage us to keep asking great questions such as these from Ortberg (pg. 134):
- What is the core part of you God made you to be that [people] will talk about at your funeral?
- Why do you think God put you on this earth?
“For Jesus, identity and acceptance came before achievement and ministry” (pg. 127). May we accept who we are with grace this week and may we let the Lord give us our significance rather than try to achieve it on our own. ~ Amen!