Sunday, November 24, 2013

Identity and Fulfilment


There comes a time in life when you know who you are, or at least some people mature sufficiently to know who they are.

What visible traits identify you? There is something special about identity, perhaps a characteristic that is unique. Each of us can be identified by our finger prints, and by our DNA.

My grandchildren call me Grandad Boat, because they know of my love of boats. They call their other grandfather, Grandad Keyboard, because they know of his passion for playing a keyboard.

When we are mature enough to recognize who we are by what we stand for, and by what we do, we have become of age. We may not like what we see, and as a result, have a midlife crisis, but that can be a positive experience, because we can see our failings, our weaknesses and our vulnerability. With this insight and our acceptance of the facts, we can take steps to capitalize on our strengths, our skills and our abilities to bring a turnaround. We can become proactive and change our lives for the better. We can be our true new self - no more self-pity, no more childishness, and a lot less self-centredness and self-seeking.

I can speak of these things because I have experienced them and found them to be true.

Over the weekend I met a man who has discovered himself. He knows his strengths; he recognizes his skills and he is putting them to good use to earn a living. He has come of age, and is a lot happier for it. He is living a fuller and more profitable life as a result.

John 10:10 ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’

1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12 ‘Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.’

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