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You Are More Than What You Do

I’m here enjoying the Pacific Northwestern sunshine and cool coastal waters of Cannon Beach after just having finished an intense work week in sales. It’s anniversary week for my honey and I which means some time off and much needed time away with each other along with the opportunity to write! Beach time for me is a huge mental kick down and a reminder of what matters most. 

No matter how tough things are or how successful we become, we are more than what we do. Never let what you do define who you are. I know sometimes that’s easier said than done especially if you’ve gotten really good at doing the same thing for years. It can also be easier said than done if what you do continually forces you to function outside your comfort zone. When we allow the job to define us we find ourselves transforming into the person the boss and coworkers think we are. Before long our public persona reshapes our private life and we end up taking on this adapted reality. Little by little we begin losing sight of true north and opt out for 10 degrees off as being the norm. I remember years ago I taught the teenage boys in my youth group the importance of reading a compass right during a summer canoe trip while crossing over several lakes in the middle of nowhere. To follow the map correctly (pre-GPS days) we had to use our compass to locate where north was. If we planned on arriving at our destination each night then we had to keep an accurate read of true north. Missing our rendezvous point by ten degrees meant missing the portaging trail which meant following one of a dozen different trails which would ultimately land us miles and miles off course of the final destination. Life is no different. Losing sight of who we are is the same as losing sight of true north. In life, missing north by just ten degrees would be borderline tragic. It means settling for being someone you were never meant to be at the cost of losing what could have been. 

That’s why it’s good to break away. We all need to take the time to check our compass. Prayer helps with that. It forces us to ask oneself why it is we do what we do. Are you on course? Next, check the sails. Can they be trimmed ? Trimming the sail puts them in the position of maximum efficiency as opposed to slowing the boat down. Are there any actions or attitudes that could use a trim? 

Galatians 2:20 (The Message)
Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not going to go back on that.

Enjoy your week!
Pastor Shian

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