Here’s a really good one for you to ponder on today! It’s from our own Lee Pierce. Really think about this when you read it…I believe we can all agree with Lee on this one!-anita
Do you ever wonder about yourself? Ever think of something you’ve said or done in a particular situation that rather surprised you? Said or done something that seemed completely out of character with the “normal” you?
When I think about myself, I feel like a chameleon sometimes. Depending upon who I’m with, my demeanor, my language and choice of words or topic, seem to change to “fit in” with the person or group I’m encountering at a given moment. If I’m with business people, I work hard to sound business-like, whatever that means. When it’s music people, I want to be sure to talk music. Of course, when it’s people in the church, I want to make sure I sound holy enough. Bible savvy. I’m well aware that part of this is simply circumstantial; I want to be relevant in the situation. Talking about a new effects pedal I just tried out on my guitar while I’m a participant in a business meeting probably will not go over well. But there’s more to it than that, I believe.
There’s an element of acceptance driving much of this in our day-to-day encounters. I want to be accepted. I want to be liked. I’m a bit afraid of what people might say about me, I guess. Author John Eldredge puts it this way: “What people think of me is a very powerful motivator…It shapes our theology, our politics, our values.” He goes on to question whether we even go through a day being totally true to who we really are. Eldredge then asks, “Do you even know the true you? Is there a true you?” His point is that our personality has a motive behind it. Some motives are good, others not so much so. Some motives are born out of love, others out of cunning or manipulation. If I’m true to myself, my actions will align with my self-image. But how seldom is that alignment present I must admit.
So who is the true me; who do I want myself to be? These are very large, philosophical questions of life but very important nonetheless. And, by the way, very hard to answer. As I’ve grown older, both in age and in my walk of faith, I find myself more and more wanting to please the Lord. To do and say things that will make Him happy for me. And for reasons that have nothing to do with fear. No, my motives—when I really stop and think about them—are more driven out of love and, especially, out of gratitude. He has done so much for me in my life…and I want to show Him my thanks every single day. In every single encounter with any other person. Am I able to always do that? Unfortunately, the answer is no, at least not yet. Like the old song says, He’s still working on me.
Of course, I want my wife and family to love me. I want my associates in music and business to think well of me. But I believe I’ve discovered that, in most situations, if I try to do/say what I think will please my Lord, the people to whom my words/actions are directed will be pleased and blessed very well, also. I think the bottom line here is this: consistency. If my love for the Lord and my desire to please him colors each encounter I have with another person, I’m pretty sure I’ll be much less of that chameleon I referred to earlier. Better yet, I will be more of the person both He and I want me to be. Where love and a servant’s heart guide both my words and actions, I’m convinced this will make me someone others can trust and enjoy encountering. As I see it, that’s not a bad outcome!