BE YOUR TRUE SELF: 3 EASY TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
be your true self with 3 easy to follow directions
John Mason, the author of Be Yourself, shared 52 Nuggets in Discovering the Life You Were Meant to Live. The 3 parts of the book: Looking Inward, Looking Outward, and Looking Upward serve as the basis of my 3 Easy to Follow Directions in becoming your true self with 4 chosen Nuggets.
⇒ FIRST DIRECTION
In discovering our purpose in life, we start from who made made us, thus we look upward, acknowledging that there’s a Creator in the universe.
Mason’s Nugget #44 God Made You
According to Mason,
When God put you together it put a smile on His face; it pleased Him according to 1 Corinthians 12. Accept the way He made you and the unique plan He has for your life. His plans are very good in every way (139).
Digging into 1 Corinthians 12, it’s a chapter about Spiritual Gifts and One Body, Many Parts.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
One Body, Many Parts
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 1 Corinthians 12: 17-20
… God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. 1 Corinthians 12:24
How is 1 Corinthians 12 related to Mason’s Be Yourself, “Accept the way He made you and the unique plan He has for your life. His plans are good in every way.”
The different parts of the body are you and me. The body is our “work station”, where we go, communicate, mingle… To make our connection easier, fruitful and fulfilling, it’s important to accept the part we have in the body. That is equivalent to accepting the way God made us. When we do our part with passion and with no comparison, we’ll be able to focus in discovering our spiritual gifts and talents.
Let’s ponder on this, If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?
If we’re all doctors, where would the teachers be?
If we’re all bosses, where would the employees be?
If we’re all celebrities, where would the “behind the scene” crew be?
If we’re all married, where would the singles be?
If we’re all extroverts, where would the introverts be?
If we’re all pastors, where would the congregation be?
If we’re all worship leaders, where would the ushers be?
So there’s a unique reason ~you are you. God made you that way, so Be Yourself! God gave you skills, talents, spiritual gifts according to His plan for your life. Discover, develop and use them. Don’t play small.
Our playing small doesn’t serve the world… We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us (Nelson Mandela, Inagauration Speech).
Mason’s Nugget #9 Decision Determines Destiny
According to Mason,
God wants us to be the most decisive people on the face of the earth (40).
The most unhappy people are those who can never make a decision (40).
Indecision will paralyze the the flow of your faith. Faith demands a decision before it can work (41).
All the encouragements in the world, beautiful speeches given, inspirational books published, powerful verses in the Bible… ARE USELESS without deciding to follow them.
No matter how Mason tries to give more Nuggets if we don’t start from the inside, making decisions and commitments, we’ll end up as what Mason describes as lukewarm, medium, unsure, and uncommitted people (40).
No decision is a decision. It’s a decision of indifference. It’s a decision of no commitment at all. We rely more on Que sera, sera ~ ‘whatever will be, will be’.
But if with decision, we practice our faith. We decide because we trust God to lead and guide us through with our destiny. Mason is right, Decision Determines Destiny.
Mason’s Nugget #11 Destiny Delayed is the Devil’s Delight
We might have done well with the decision making, but we have another enemy to face, the enemy of DELAY.
According to Mason,
When you delay your duties, you delight the devil (46).
Today is the day to start. It’s always too soon to stop. Many times we’re not to understand, just obey (47). Genesis 22: Abraham’s Faith Report Card
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it (48).
The longer it takes to act on God’s direction, the more unclear the direction will become. Be quick to obey, taking action without delay (48).
Let me highlight this…
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
Let me narrow it down…
…we wait so long to begin it…
This blog is about the Power of Waiting, but such power becomes a tragedy if we wait so long doing nothing. WaitPower’s Vision is to make every waiting in life a worth-it experience, which means while waiting we’re doing something valuable.
There’s a big difference between just waiting so long to begin something and waiting with a purpose, with action, with decision. I hope we choose the latter. So when it’s time to act on God’s direction, we will not delay.
⇒ THIRD DIRECTION
After looking inward, building oneself up, time to look outward and see how we can be a blessing to others.
Mason’s Nugget #20 Leave everyone better than you found them
According to Mason,
Practicing the Golden Rule is not a sacrifice, it’s an investment (73).
What we do for ourselves dies with us; what we do for others lives beyond us (73).
You may be the only Bible some people will ever read (74).
What means most in life is what you’ve done for others (74).
It’s the duty of all Christians to make it difficult for others to do wrong, easy to do right (74).
Looking inward is good and important, but without looking outward, what’s the point? This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3.
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
We can be the best version of ourselves, but without love we are nothing. Love looks outward, just how God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Hence, looking outward is the result and application of looking upward and inward. It’s an opportunity to invest in something that lives beyond us and that’s what we do for others (Mason).
May love be your guide in discovering the life you’re meant to live and in becoming your true self.
√ Be Your True self = Love of God (upward) + Love of Self (inward) + Love of Others (outward)