Make a careful exploration of who you areand the work you have been given,and then sink yourself into that.Don't be impressed with yourself.Don't compare yourself with others.Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your life.
Galatians 6:4, The Message
How often do you make a careful exploration of who you are? What might that even look like? Does the thought of doing so excite you or frighten you? I think the above verse is a great summation of sanctification - how do we live in such a way so as to be holy and wholly pleasing to God: being who we are, reveling in what we've been given (notice the word is given, not achieved) and learning to let our competitive egos be dissolved in light of His lovingkindnesses. Out of this flows our creativity that brings beauty and blessing to a world sorely in need of both!
Read this verse aloud 3x with short pauses in between.
- After the first reading reflect: "Lord, what word or phrase stands out to me?"
- After the second reading ask: "Lord, how does that word/phrase connect to my life and circumstances?"
- After the third reading ask: "Lord, what are you inviting me toward?"
- What did God reveal to you about Himself or yourself that surprised you? How do you feel about His invitation? What one intentional thing do you want to do to respond to His invitation?