Welcome to Week 5 of Cycle 3! Not much longer; keep on surrendering.
What is your truth? Take it from me, it’s easy to say you believe one thing, but what you really believe is demonstrated through your actions.
For most of my life being ME had been a struggle. To compensate for my perceived deficit, I became all things to all people (and not in a good way like Paul described in I Corinthians 9). Thankfully, a couple of years ago I decided to just be me.
But I must admit that there is one area in my life where being me is still challenging. Specifically, I have a hard time being a Jesus lover when no one else around me is. In public settings, I have failed this test many times. When I sense that I am in an environment where I will be rejected for the message, I clam up.
Of course the root of this problem is people pleasing. Likewise, I demonstrate what I believe (my truth) every time I clam up, which is: It is more important that people like me than to please God. This is horribly embarrassing to admit but it is the truth.
In Jesus’ day they suffered with this same problem. John 12: 42-43 reads: Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.
But yesterday I had had enough. As Chicken Little said, “Today is a new day.” So while talking with a very successful media relations expert, I decided to just be me. When she asked what I do, I told her and even gave her my card with the words, “Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries” splattered across the front.
After our conversation, I was so excited about this breakthrough that I kept screaming, “YES!” My kids were giving each other that “mommy’s-gone-crazy-again” look but I didn’t care; this was major! I was me and I am living to tell about it.
Proverb 23:7 reminds us, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” What we believe determines our actions. I am now a God-pleaser and nothing will keep me from that.
So what is your truth? That question will be answered this week as we discuss the nuances of our Thought Life. As we allow God to build our house, we have to be certain to turn the room that is designated for thoughts over to Him. He wants us to live His truth every day.
If you want to live your best life, live your truth and be the best you, you can be.
With God all things are possible,
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