Okay so I realize that each of us hates the idea of a hypocrite and more so that we might actually be one, ourselves. But at some point in time we are! We are all hypocrites at times; some of us just linger there more than others. Let me explain, it is human nature to long for the approval of others. It is this longing that causes a lot of people to seek, look, act, and try to be what we think others want, rather than try to discover who we really are. You and I need to look at what kind of environment we were raised in. It has an impact in the way we think and problem solve. "Until you and I come to grips with how we were raised and how we respond to how we were raised, we will never discover who the real us is." Chip Ingram
Too many people can be described as "social chameleons". We morph into someone who looks and sounds like the people we are with. It is the desire to be liked and loved that pushes us into this fake us. The longer you and I linger here, the more hazy the real us becomes. Not only is it impossible for the people in our lives to really know the real us; but it makes us uncertain of who we really are. We think that by fulfilling the expectations of others, we get what we think is love. But, the REAL fruit of living like this is emptiness and loneliness.
So if you are reading this and you can see yourself in what my thoughts are describing, you have a choice to make. Are you going to keep pretending to be someone else, and attempting to gain approval by acting the way you think they want you to be? Or are you going to look deep within and discover who you really are?
Romans 12:3 (NIV)
"For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with a sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you."
When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? God designed you to be uniquely you. Wouldn't it be great to discover who that person really is? Over the next several days or weeks I am going to invite you to join me on How you can discover the God created you. So that you can live in the favor and freedom that God desires you to live in.
Life is Beautiful!
These thoughts are a combination of my thoughts combined with Chip Ingram's thoughts as I read through his book, Living On The Edge.