the baby and the bathwater


Would the real me please step forward
November 12, 2009, 1:07 pm
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In Christian leadership and ministry, there is often a huge amount of pressure to be someone you are not.

At various times we are told we should be more intellectual, more adventurous, more sensitive, more of a dreamer, more of a thinker, more of a pioneer, more of an athlete, more of a barbarian, more easy-going….the list goes on.

Then we are told we need to be part of a Joshua Generation, a Joseph Generation, a David Generation, a Paul Generation….and so the comparisons go on. Introverts are told they should be more extrovert…thinkers are told they should be more feeling….at the end of which we all collapse in a heap of mis-understood identity.

You know the sort of thing.

And as I have thought about all of these things, I have come to this conclusion: Wouldn’t it be better if we all had a little more confidence in the way that God made us?

Wouldn’t it be better if I personally had more confidence in the way that God made me?

Now don’t get me wrong: I totally understand that I need to grow more Christlike. I know I need to pursue holiness, act justly, be more gentle, kind, patient and so on (Galations 5). But also I know that I was knitted together in my mothers womb by a creative, loving, knowledgeable heavenly Father who knew what he was He was doing (Psalm 139).

He knew what He was doing when He made me an introvert.

He knew what He was doing when He made me both musical and mathematical.

He knew what He was doing when He made we a worship leader but didn’t give me a very good singing voice.

He knew what He was doing when He made me a lover of football and a despiser of rugby.

He knew what He was doing when He made me with hair that disappears more rapidly every day.

And so shouldn’t I have a little more confidence in that?

So whereas I know I need to take on the character of Jesus, I also need to honour the personality that God gave me, and not pursue a personality that I was never created to take on. Surely that is just idolatry?  And idolatry is destructive.

The world is full of people who, for one reason or another, are trying to take on a  persona, or a media image, that is not God’s intention for them, and so often they end up destroying themselves.

That’s not for me.

What about you?

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Totally agree with you there Neil, there’s so much pressure to conform to someone else’s image of what we should be like, and sadly we sometimes fall in to the trap of listening to them, rather than keeping our eyes focussed on Christ.

Good post.

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