There is something deeply concerning about the idea of gaining the whole world and losing yourself, your true, deep down honest, God given self.
It is, in fact, possible for us to loose sight of where we are going and our purpose and our very identity. That very fact concerns me greatly!
For the last few days, I have been working on things for my home business, from publishing to branding to products. It is a TON of work and I love every minute of it. My hope is that it makes sense to all of you.
In turn, I know I have to think about who I’m working for and for my consumers, and at the same time, be extra careful not to get wrapped up in an attempt to gain the world.
I want people to connect with me and generally like me, but, I know that’s not going to be 100% possible. Not everyone will like me, and that’s fine! Perfectly fine! It makes room for people who do and for people who have the desire to connect, and that’s awesome!
On that same note, I’m focused on staying out of fighting for validation from others outside of God and Christ Jesus.
Matthew 16:26 is a scripture that has rested in my heart deeply for the last few days:
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and to loose his soul.”
In the midst of adjusting the brand, preparing products and publishing, one thing that has echoed in my head has been Matthew 16:26. It plays back in my heart and mind over and over to help me remember who I’m serving at the end of the day. I serve the Lord and in turn I serve people. I serve the Lord which moves me to serve people which also taps into the very identity that God has given me. Gaining the whole world and not having Jesus at the center of it is a lose-lose for me. It’s not an option for me at all!
In my book, “22 Life Lessons for Personal Growth,” I spent a few minutes in one chapter telling the story of a friend of mine from a church I attended. We were both about 13 or so and were the geeks of the group, which was awesome because it was nice for a chance to not be the only one who knew the latest internet meme’s and made up cool languages and buzz words.
We were cool, that is, until one day the “cool” kids took notice of him. He started to change. He forfeited his identity in an effort to be accepted. THAT was the sad period.
And what’s insane about it is that people do it everyday!