Your True Identity
I heard a joke the other day that really got me! It goes something like this:
“Have you noticed that everyone is buying pickup trucks these days? White collar professionals are buying them because they are the new status symbol. Last weekend I asked a buddy of mine with a truck to help me move some landscaping materials, and he said No, because it would scratch the bed of his truck. I said “So why did you buy a truck”?
Then it hit me... People do what they do so that other people will think of them a certain way. Men don’t drive trucks because they need a truck, but so that others see them as being manly!
So… I thought I would do the same thing! Now I carry an empty suitcase with me wherever I go. People ask me “Where are you off to?” and I say “Nowhere, but I’m the kind of guy who loves to travel!”
This joke is packed with truth!
Here is the question we all must wrestle with:
“What do we hope that other people believe about us”?
Do you keep your home looking like a page from Southern Living Magazine so others see you as maternal and nurturing?
Do you drive a vehicle that you really can’t afford in order to make others view you as successful?
Do you pressure your children to perform in academics or sports in order to appear to be a great parent?
Are you a part of a club or group in order to be seen as a certain type of person?
As it relates to our personal choices, the big question “Why?” Is my motivation to win the good opinion of others? Am I holding up a mask to the world, in an attempt to gain approval?
The healthiest approach is to live a life free of both the good and bad opinions of others. Live your own life; don’t live it for others. There is a God in heaven that loves you and accepts you just the way that you are. The old saying goes like this: “Live your life to an audience of One”. (God)
If your arms are getting tired from holding up masks, please call us and let’s find out who you really are!