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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm Not Defined by Numbers or __? - Chapter 7

My sense of identity and worth were dependent on the wrong things.

I'm not sure the "numbers" have been a source of my "definition" but this statement made me think hard about what defines me.   I am a social being, an extrovert, type A personality......I need people!! I long for relationship. I have cried out to God to find me a "place" to belong.  I remind Him of His word, do not forsake the assembling of yourselves.....and yet here we are tucked away on this mountain side, seemingly alone and I hear His voice "Seek Me. Find Refuge in Me. Look to Me to fill those voids in your life.  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God .......when you get that right, those other things will come.  God wants to be in communication with me.

I recently listened to the most interesting study on being "hidden with Christ".  The speaker spoke about those in the Bible who were "hidden" until God called them forth for His use.  I am encouraged to know that He knows exactly where I am and this is the time to refresh myself in the Word, grow closer to Him and more fit for service in this season of hiding.

What defines you today? Your "numbers", your title, your position, your "group"....?

I want to be defined as His.   I want to be a "Basket Case" ......and I want my basket to hold all those fruits......Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
 Oh ladies......persevere in Him.


Lisha said...

I really liked the three pronged test for processing those stinging comments. Is it true? Is it beneficial? Is it necessary? If the answer is no, reject the comment and not let it sink into your heart. This is a powerful test that can be applied in many areas of our lives.

I think I am my own worst enemy when it comes to this. I tend to be the one beating myself up if I feel that I don't measure up. I need to apply this three-pronged test to my own thought patterns.

Faith said...

I agree with both of your comments on this. I never really thought of how I see myself I guess as a wife, mother, helper but I have always said I was born to love the Lord because he first loved me. I want to be known as His child and I want to be known as a basket case for God as I have already been defined as a basket case but not the one with all the fruits of the Spirit and that is what I want as well.