Becoming Me

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“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher that lived in the 1800’s.    Much of his work deals with the issues of how one lives as a single individual.  I always find his quotes fascinating.  Last week I heard this one: “Now with God’s help, I shall become myself. ”  
This quote is worth taking time to stop and ponder.  I think it has quickly become one of my favorite quotes.  I can do nothing without Jesus.  Any time I try to do it on my own I falter.  The minute I ask Jesus into the situation, I succeed.
I want to become who God created me to be.  I’m learning I have a special purpose, even though it may not be clear to me.  Often times, the only actual thing I know is the next immediate step I am to take.  I love watching as those steps unfold into God’s plan.  I love when I look back over my path I see God’s handiwork.  I love that in every new day I am changing, I am growing, I am becoming myself.
I’ve talked often about how I have started praying over my calendar.  Just this week, I was reminded of how God is the one who truly makes my appointments.  He takes things off which need to come off.  He adds things in which need to be added.  This week he freed up time for me to spend with Him.  Something I desperately needed beyond my regular daily routine.  Time to sit as His feet and lift up to Him my struggles.  Time to write them all down, to organize my thoughts.  To hear what He wanted me to do.
He arranged an impromptu time with friends who spoke words of life into me.  I had prayed earlier in the day for clear direction.  As I sat with them talking, unbeknownst to them, they answered that prayer.  They helped me find the direction I was so desperately seeking.  God used them to help me become myself.
I started my journey with God as a child.  I accepted him into my life when I was 12 years old.  The faith of a child.  I didn’t really understand what it all meant, but I knew I needed Jesus.  As I grew and life started to bombard me, I lost my child like faith.  I veered from the straight and narrow.  It took me years to find my way back.  However, since I returned to Jesus I have become a completely different person.
I have learned grace.  I have learned truth.  I have delved into my past to confront issues which needed to be addressed.  I’ve become more loving.  I’ve developed a life motto, “Love God, Love others”.  I have a life verse(s) now:
 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31
It has given me purpose.  I have found direction.  I have become myself.  I am still becoming myself.  Everyday as I walk with Jesus, He helps me become me.
My prayer for you, is with His help you will become you!

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