Identity

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“The man who derives his identity and seeks out love through performance, achievement, or trying to be good enough sets himself up to live with enormous pressure. Such an approach is wearisome. It exhausts the soul and prevents him from receiving all of the good things that God offers.”

“When we listen to the voice of shame, we begin believing the lie that our wickedness, weakness, and woundedness disqualify us from God’s love.”

– Michael John Cusick

How do you see yourself? Are you waiting to “have it all together” to consider yourself worthy of being loved? I think a lot of us feel this way from time to time. When failure happens in our lives, whether its relational, emotional, physical, job or performance related, are you letting it define you? If it happens enough, and nothing seems be be going as planned, has your identity changed to failure? What we believe about our heart, at the core, is crucial to our freedom and ability to receive God’s love.

This is what God says those who have accepted him are:

– You are pure and clean (1 John 1:5-9)
– You are without stain or blemish (Eph. 5:27)
– You are the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21)
– Christ lives in you (Gal. 2:20)
– Your heart is alive to God (Rom. 6:11)
– You are a new man (2 Cor. 5:17)
– You have a good and noble heart (Luke 8:15)

You are these things regardless of performance and achievement. How hopeful, how freeing, how beautiful, how powerful is this. Cusick says that accepting Christ is like getting a heart transplant. Getting a heart that is good, and pure at its core.

Will we still fail? Yes, but don’t let it change your identity, and don’t listen to the voice of shame. Your transplanted heart is still alive.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5

Victory At Sea…I mean Lake!

Today the Great Lakes are being hammered by the Eastern band of the system that was once Hurricane Sandy.  With said hammering comes buoy readings of 20 plus feet in the middle of Lake Michigan.  At the South end of the lake we are likely to see 30 PLUS FEET!!!  That’s the biggest forecast I have ever seen on Lake MI.  In Chicago, all the pathways to the lake front have been shut down, and I am sure the story is the same around the bend.  We surfed the building section of the storm last night and had chest high gold at a spot in Holland, but “The Big Drink” is angry today, and Sandy is the one who teed it off! Image