To Be or… (part two)
If you make the shift from
DO > HAVE > BE
BE > DO > HAVE
your relationship with doing will be transformed, freeing you to greater effectiveness and satisfaction in life and ministry.
’Cause you’re the best “you” there’ll ever be.
Ephesians 2:10 is clear: You are God’s poema, God’s one-of-a-kind work of art, created in Christ to bring a unique brand of good that’s perfectly yours.
It’s your gift to the corner of the world you’ve been given to. Where you have influence. Your family, your neighbors, golfing buddies, college friends, your department at work, parents at your daughter’s preschool.
Believe it or not, you are God’s gift to them.
To love them. To care about them. To represent Jesus in the most simple, natural, authentic ways.
In Christ, you have tremendous freedom to be the you God’s been shaping you to be all your life. It’s not about doing things so you can accumulate the wherewithal to finally be who you aspire to become. It’s simply being who you are. All-in, no holds barred, for the glory of God.
My friend Jean is good at a lot: coach, trainer, business consultant, strategist, communicator. Actually, she’s great at most of these. But when she encounters troubled teens she’s world-class. Maybe the difficulty of her own youth prepped her for this. I don’t know. All I know is when she’s working a room of belligerent, angry, jaded young people something amazing happens. And, it happens almost all the time.
Kids discover their hearts. They encounter God’s love in breathtakingly powerful ways that often produce reconciliation with the parents and family they’d been so disappointed by. When Jean’s in the muck and mire of the shattered pieces of these young lives God’s pleasure in on her. She’s fully alive. The results are dramatic. BE>DO>HAVE
When British sprinter Eric Liddell, in the movie Chariots of Fire, says that God “made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure” he describes this. Eric is a sprinter. So are Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt. Sprinters can’t help but run.
They don’t run in order to be sprinters. They are sprinters, therefor they run.
My pal Rich is a ‘car guy’. Before he could drive he was tinkering in his parent’s garage with a dune buggy, then a Mustang, a Corvair, and God knows what else. And that was High School. Today, he restores Alfa Romeos. He’s great at it. It’s not work for him. It’s love.
For Rich, working on cars is natural, obvious, fulfilling. A reflection of who he is. As a car guy he does what comes naturally. As a result, he has what an Alfa-loving car guy has.
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