Who is the person in the mirror? The one I chose for her to be or is she who God chose her to be? If you have a Facebook page, does it reveal the real you or a false Facebook self?
Thomas Merton in New Seeds of Contemplation, writes:
“Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self. This is the person that I want myself to be but who cannot exist, because God—because Truth, Light—knows nothing about him. And to be unknown to God is altogether too much privacy. My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love— outside of reality and outside of life. And such a self cannot help but be an illusion.”
Settle Yourself: Release
Stop. Breathe in deeply. Breathe out slowly. Take another deep breath. Breathe out the stress of your day and breathe in the peace of God.
Listen: Rest in the Word
Read these passages through slowly a few times. If you can, read them out loud at least once.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Listen contemplatively. What is the word saying within you?
Reflect: Feast on the Word
Spend some time reflecting.
In his book Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions author Albert Haase says the empty P’s of the false self are “pleasure, praise, power, prestige, position, popularity, people, productivity, possessions and perfection”. Let God search you to reveal any parts that are not true to the self he created in you.
Lord I desire to return to you the true self that you created when you knit me in my mother’s womb.
Help me to shed the empty P’s that hold me hostage from being truly made in your image. I now take a moment and name the things that bind me. Lord I put these things in your hands and give you full permission to recreate me in your image; not mine. Amen.