D E F I N E D
I have lived in Phoenix for over a year and a half now. Each time I head back to Las Vegas it is very different to me. I feel that I encounter many memories and think about what I have been through and how much things have changed. For the past year and a half a lot has happened. I have been through so many trials and challenges even being here in my new home. I always come back to the question often on who and what defines me. Some of you may think that it is weird that I do that, but I will explain further as to why (I promise I will make sense of it).
As Christians we come to the obvious conclusion when we give our lives to Christ that he becomes our savior and then boom Christ defines me whoo whoo! (INSERT ENTHUSIASM FOR A FEW WEEKS HERE) then we all of the sudden hit a plateau where we tend to forget and do not what to do next. This is a normal thing. 11 years ago I gave my life to Christ, was called into ministry, and at the age of 22 I would like to think I have my life figured out. N O P E. Nothing in my life besides Christ as been consistent. My plans have changed over and over again. I had to come to the conclusion that the one who defines me not just defines my identity, but he defines my plans, my life, my everything. I was thinking about the definition of define (weird). We usually head to the dictionary and find out what a word or a group of words mean. So if we think about it. If we look for what defines us we are looking for the overall meaning not just one part of it.
Paul talks about in scripture over and over again the constant aspect of self examination. We have to deeply examine ourselves and really find who and what we are putting our time, our faith, our identity into. The saying is you devote your time to the things that are most important to you. Jesus devoted his time to people, and most importantly above all else his relationship with the father. Sometimes because we are human so we tend to forget and allow busy to define us (Can I please get an AMEN to this one).
I have allowed the term busy to define me. I go back to Vegas and I am always stretched thin busy doesn't even cut it. I am always doing something so I have allowed the term busy to define me. Business kills you.
On my way home from Las Vegas I randomly broke down. I understood that again here I allowed busy to define me. This is not how I should be defined. No one should look at me and immediately think busy, I want them to think Jesus, happy, joyful, enthusiastic, passionate, but of course I want Jesus to define me more than anything.
What you spend most of your time doing. For many years I focused on making sure my schedule was busy only because I wanted to avoid the brokenness in my home. I have not taught myself to live away from my past and little did I know subconsciously I was living in the same routine. Routines are hard to break, but in the end what and who do you want to define you?
I have overcome so much to continue to live like my past is not behind me. Devote your time to Christ. R E S T in his presence. J U S T - B E
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