Cycle 3 (Wk 5) – Live Your Truth

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,
Celeste Owens

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5 thoughts on “Cycle 3 (Wk 5) – Live Your Truth

  1. I’m so much like you. I always tried to please others. My family, my teachers, even in grad school, and of course my colleagues but a few years ago I had had enough it was 4 years ago to be exact, when I turned 40 I just said I’m done. This is me and either you love it or you don’t. So with that I was afraid to show my religious side until one day after being with the same company for almost 12 yrs God said its time to move so i moved and started over in a new portion. I had a New Testament in my purse and the Holy Spirit said put it up on your desk for all to see so they will know whose you are from the start. I was so scared because I wanted to fit in but I did it. I have been more successful in this position than any other position. And with this weeks theme with the mind, as soon as I feel myself slipping back to my old ways I say nope it’s all about God and his purpose in my life! Dr. Celeste thank you for being a blessing in my life. May God continue to bless you and your entire family richly!

    • Hello “Newleelee” welcome to the Surrender Fast!!! I am so glad you are part of this experience with us. It’s also good to hear that you decided many years ago to start being you. That’s a great story, thanks for sharing your testimony. Be blessed!

  2. Dr. Celeste, I don’t what it is but all of your posts are for me TODAY! This is has been something I have been working through for years. Once I get over one hump I feel like there is another hump to get over. I actually thought I had gotten over doing things for people and because it was what I thought people wanted until recently I realized that even though I stopped doing a lot of things other things, there is still a piece of that left. I can’t really explain but I know that I sometimes clam up out of fear of what others will think especially being in a transitional place where you feel like others don’t get where you are. I come from a family where you just done tell all of your business and over the past few days I have come to realize that although I stopped doing a lot of things that people ‘thought’ I should be doing, there is still a small piece of me that worries about what others will say or think. Rejection is not something I enjoy so the more I avoid doing what I need to, the longer I prolong my process. I will admit that I am not totally there but your post helps me get one step closer to where I need to be.

    • LOL, because they are! Don’t you love how God sends a word when you need it. 🙂

      I love your transparency…I am still getting there too. Wanting to be loved and accepted is what makes a human so to strive for that should not come as a surprise but the catch is we won’t always get it. So then what? Truthfully there is a void in our hearts that can only be filled by God. So when I am hurt I just run to Him to that I can be soothed.

      Thanks for the comment and remember I am on this journey you so we will keep one another encouraged. All the best to you!

      • YES I love how he send a word what I need and I most love how I am so alert in recognizing it. Trying to stay out of autopilot mode and stay in tune with where God wants me to be. I too am learning to run to him and his word to find solice when I have those thoughts of inadequacy. However, I am also learning to refute those thoughts with the word to reaffirm what God has already said to me and about me!

        Thank you for the words of encouragement. It is nice to be reminded that you aren’t alone. YES we will keep one another encouraged! All the best to you as well. Good night! 🙂

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