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See Yourself

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

eye-114015_640For as long as I can recall I have struggled with the fear of rejection and the fear of failure. Though I’ve made progress, the battle continues.

Maybe you struggle with those fears too.

There are many things I try to elevate up my sense of self worth including personal happiness, hearty laughter at home, healthy friendships and professional success, but nothing seems to have lasting impact.

I have loving family members, caring friends, wise mentors, learned teachers, honorable leaders, truth-telling pastors, life-coaches and counselors, and a pile of good books, but it’s still not enough.

This quote from Em Griffin helps me remember why I struggle. I also help me to re-assess:
– What is my value?
– What is my purpose?
– How can I figure it out?
– Who can help me?

(God) is the one who can tell us the reason for our existence our place in the scheme of things, our real identity. It is an identity we can’t discover for ourselves, that others can’t discover in us — the mystery of who we really are.

How we have chased around the world for answers to that riddle, looked in the eyes of others for some hint, some clue, hunted in the multiple worlds of pleasure and experience and self-fulfillment for some glimpse, some revelation, some wisdom, some authority to tell us our right name and our true destination.

But there was, and is, only One who can tell us this: the Lord himself. And he wants to tell us, he has made us to know our reason for being and to be led by it. But it is a secret he will entrust to us only when we ask, and then in his own way and his own time.

He will whisper it to us not in the mad rush and fever of our striving and our fierce determination to be someone, but rather when we are content to rest in him, to put ourselves into his keeping, into his hands Most delightfully of all, it is a secret he will tell us slowly and sweetly when we are willing to spend time with him: time with him who is beyond all time. 1

Mysilentscream is “God, help me to see me through your eyes.”

1 – From Clinging – The Experience of Prayer by Emilie Griffin

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