Almost done with Soulprint. I have just finished section four, getting ready to start the last section. I will say this has been one motivating and challenging book. For those who are new to this blog or checking this out for the first time you can look at these previous entries to see what I have been sharing: https://imageoftheheart.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/soulprint-part-3/, https://imageoftheheart.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/soulprint-part-2/, https://imageoftheheart.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/soulprint-part-1/
Out of all the sections so far I believe this past one was the most challenging and provoking for me. There was a lot that spoke to me and provided a lot of discussion in my therapy sessions.the title of part four was called Alter Ego. All about who we are inside, who we are when no one is looking, breaking down barriers, being awkward, and letting ourselves become embarrassed, which all leads to greater intimacy with God, our self, and others.
Here we go….
*But we need to be embarrassed for the same reason we need to fail: it keeps us humble. And humility is the key to fulfilling our destiny.
*All we have to do is stay out of the way. And the way we stay out of the way is by staying humble. If we stay humble, there is nothing God cannot do in us and through us. And nothing expands our capacity for humility like embarrassment.
*Embarrassing moments…purge the ego of prideful impurities.
*Few things are as freeing as a little embarrassment. It frees us from the burden of pretense, and it forces us to stop taking ourselves so seriously. In a sense, embarrassment is one way we die to self. And dying to self is one way we come to life.
*Too many people live as if the purpose of life is to avoid embarrassment at all costs. They never put themselves in situations that might be awkward. So they forfeit joy. They never reveal who they really are. So they forfeit intimacy. They never take risks. So they forfeit the opportunity. They try to avoid embarrassment at all cost, and the cost is their souls. Or should I say, their soulprints.
*Criticism is a defense mechanism for fragile egos. We criticize in others what we don’t like about ourselves. And part of our soulprint dies in the process.
*You have to be stripped of the things you find your identity in. You have to let go of the things you find your security in. And it will feel like you are losing yourself in the process. But it is only in losing yourself that you truly find yourself.
*Is there something you find your identity or security in outside your relationship with Christ? Is your identity based on who you are or whose you are? Is your identity based on what you can do for Christ, or is it based on what Christ has done for you? Do you find security in what you have? Or is your security solely found in the seal the Holy Spirit set on you when you submitted to the Lordship of Christ? Discovering your soulprint means finding your identity and security in Christ alone. He becomes your identity. He becomes your security. Nothing else. Nothing less. And the Cross becomes your status symbol.
*The way you see yourself is determined by what you base your identity on. And you have lots of choices. You can base your identity on how you look or who you know. You can base your identity on what you do or how much you make doing it. You can base your identity on titles or degrees. You can even base your identity on what you wear or what you drive. There are a million factors that form the composite of our self-concept, but all of us base our identities on something. And what we base our identities on will make us or break us spiritually.
*Are you willing to do things that feel awkward, like kneel at an altar or obey a crazy prompting of the Holy Spirit or have a tough conversation with a good friend? If you are, then God can use you!