How does my identity – what I believe about myself at the core of my being – impact my daily life?
It changes everything! It is our answer to the question, “Who am I?” and it impacts the way we live every day. It determines how we satisfy our core longings.
There are two ways to satisfy our core longings – the need to belong, be unconditionally loved, secure/safe, understood, purposeful and significant. Two tables offer what it takes to meet those longings.
The first is a table the world sets. It is filled with the finest of things that satisfy our longings. We pull to the table and eat from its fare. Immediately we are satisfied and then just as quickly we need more. The first bite brings full tolerance and we require more and more and more.
In order to participate at this table, we need to bring something to exchange. It might be education, beauty, strength, fitness, cleverness, competitive spirit, cunning, etc. If you bring little, you receive little. If you bring much, you receive much.
Your place here is never secure because there is always the danger that someone will sit beside you that has more to offer than you bring. They are more educated, more talented, more tech wise…they are MORE. And you slide down a spot or two at the table.
We have all been here and the truth is: it works. At least for a while. Our egos inflate; we belong and feel loved; we are secure to a degree, others understand our need to be at the top of the game, our purpose is to be recognized and promoted. And in this way, we feel significant. Until we aren’t.
But there is a better way. The world tells us to earn, achieve, be promoted, noticed and applauded. Scripture tells us something else.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2
What if you could excel and be at the top of your game without all the angst that comes from being at the Table of the World? Would you move away from the behaviors and customs of the world? Would you be willing to change your thinking?
There is a better way…