Who Does He Say You Are? How do we discover our true identity, pathway forward, and source for personal inspiration? This is the question pondered in my first Friday blog found below. I hope you enjoy this spiritual safari into one of the most often neglected of destinations, your own conscious and subconscious mind.
How do you discover your true identity and source of personal inspiration? Through movie heroes or heroines? A number on the scale? An insightful medical journal, website or TV new’s pundit? Your family, friends, or Church community? All of these sources may prove to be of value as we strive to live our lives in a secularized and often confusing world. However, as Christians, we must ultimately look to God for our answers and guidance. We are called to be in this world but not of this world. Right? But what does this old saying actually mean? In John 17:14-15 we find Jesus speaking to His Father, “I gave them your word, and the world has hated them for it; they do not belong to the world [anymore that I belong to the world]. I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to guard them from the evil one.” Here is our first clue to its meaning!
This represents the Christian life dichotomy. How do we keep one foot in this world and the other in the next (in God’s Kingdom) without falling into the big hole in the middle? I would say, “very carefully but filled with joy!” In St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we read, “Although I am not bound to anyone, I made myself the slave of all so as to win over as many as possible. I have made myself all things to all men in order to save at least some of them. I do all that I do for the sake of the gospel in the hope of having a share in its blessing,” (1Corinthians 9:19, 22 and 23). Here, St. Paul instructs us to go into the world and recognize the goodness in every culture. By doing so, we may become more effective evangelizers of the Gospel.
The trick, or ultimate balancing act as a Christian, therefore, is to enjoy the good things of this world (a gift from God), but not to be conformed to this world’s secular value systems. “Detest what is evil, cling to what is good. Love one another with the affection of brothers. Anticipate each other in showing respect. Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit; he whom you serve is the Lord,” (Romans 12:9-11). This scripture passage helps to illuminate the true secret and source for the successful Christian balancing act. We are to love the world, but simultaneously keep our eyes focused on God’s will for our lives. In the Gospel of John, we learn how we, as Christians, are called by Jesus to be the world’s salt and light. Salt makes things more palatable and pure, while light brings clarity to the darkness. This light or clarity is the truth of the Gospel (good news).
So back to our original question: How do we discover our true identity, pathway forward, and source for personal inspiration? I say we find what is beautiful, true and lovely in the world and Christianize it. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the recent remake of the TV series Wonder Woman. In this refreshing big screen box office thriller, we find a powerful female “demigod” who loves truth and justice, and despises the dark forces which plague mankind. Our heroine consistently fights for the world’s persecuted and forgotten, all in the name of love. How refreshing to find such a powerful demonstration of the Christian Gospel in today’s secularized world! Admittedly, if we were to put the lasso of truth on Wonder Woman herself, she would inevitably reveal that she was in fact a mere creature of the One True God. Made in God’s image, she represents a kind of mini-version of what all Christians are called to be.
We are all called to be superheroes for the Lord in a world in such desperate need of truth, love and justice. In our every day life as Christians, we must simply remember and acknowledge the most perfect and ultimate source of love, truth and justice. We must always turn to God for guidance and give Him all the Glory. We praise You Lord, Jesus. Amen. To learn more about your secret identity, as a daughter and/or spouse of God, please consider joining me, and the other ladies of WINE (Women In the New Evangelization), at one of our next Women, Wine and Wisdom (Mandeville or Metairie) events entitled, Who Does He Say That You Are? These events will include a fabulous meal (lunch or dinner), original music by Kara Klein (of HisOwn) and an inspirational talk by Colleen Mitchell. Colleen, author of Who Does He Say that You Are? will discuss women who were transformed by Christ in the Gospel. Please see the flyer below for more details. Grab a friend and register today!
Closing 3:00 Prayer for Divine Mercy.
Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world. (Repeat two more times).
Jesus, I trust in You. Amen
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