April 13

Reflection

It is easy In a world of plastic celebrities, people whose lives are made on Madison avenue by photographers and advertising moguls, to confuse the nature of a position with what it means to be a person. In this country we are all defined by what we do rather than what we are: kind, just, honest, hardworking. What we are is reserved for our obituary, what we do determines the way we are identified now. Such a pity. It means one part of us has consumed the rest of us – to the point where, far too often, we ourselves confuse the two and lose sight of the dimensions of our lives that really count.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

May I know who I am and live true to it.

Action

Reflect on how you identify yourself and on what you place your own value. Do you see yourself as a who or as a what?

Suggested Reading

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14 

The Lord sees not as we see: we look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.
A.W. Tozer

We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.
Paul David Tripp

Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it.
Colin Powell

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.
Leo Buscaglia

I’d rather be dealt with as a person than a persona. With my children, I’m just ‘Mom.’ At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.
Queen Rania of Jordan

Your self-worth has nothing to do with your craft or calling, and everything to do with how you treat yourself.
Kris Carr

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