Would you say you know yourself? Begin by answering these questions:
- Do you know what is important to you?
- Have you set priorities and goals?
- Do you set boundaries?
- Have you set your moral compass?
- Have you discovered your purpose?
- Do you fight an invisible enemy from the past?
- Are you waiting for someone to tell you what to think, how to feel, how to behave, or to make you happy?
- Are you proactive or reactive? In other words, are you living intentionally or just riding the waves of circumstances as they roll in and out of your life?
That is a lot of questions, and many of us, although later in our years, are still working on the answers. Here is the good news: when we think God’s way, these decisions become easier. In fact, and here is the counter-intuitive part, our God-given qualities come more naturally when we aren’t thinking about ourselves at all, but simply live God’s way.
Know Yourself and Live True to Yourself
Bronnie Ware was a palliative care nurse for many years as she assisted the dying in their last 3 to 12 weeks of life. On her website, https://bronnieware.com/blog/regrets-of-the-dying, she says the most common regret expressed was, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Our promise of joyful peace will be sustainable when we make godly decisions for ourselves, fully accepting who God created us to be, and choosing to be confident in God.
[Jesus said] I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!John 15:9-11 NLT
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.Psalms 139:13-14 NLT