"And now, with God's help, I shall become myself," penned Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard.
I resonate deeply with every word...maybe for someone who has performed and struggled with what God really called me to, words that spoke hope. But lately, and most particularly, NOW with the words "AND NOW."
It would have been easy for Kierkegaard to simply say, "I shall become myself." However, sometimes the seemingly insignificant words say the most. Especially to those of us who have tried others ways. AND NOW, finally NOW, we're ready for something different.... new... right... meaningful... life-giving.... us and no one else. God, please help.
The "And Now" speaks to the part that "hath trod" other stories and found them less than satisfying or true.
We tried living without any story at all. Maybe we're just random and insignificant. DNA and mush. It felt like we were lying to ourselves. We knew better.
We tried making up our own stories focused on achieving OUR success. Our success, was continually elusive and not quite "it." Who gets to tell us when we're a "success?" And when we "are successful" will we still be again tomorrow?
We tried stories performing without flaw and hoped for reward when others liked us or thought we were worthwhile and wonderful. And so what if they did? Why did we care again?
We tried stories where love would last forever and could satisfy our souls till death did us part. And it had great moments, but nothing that could become our all. It included pain and sadness as well.
We picked out those we thought we should emulate. We couldn't do it like quite like them. We wondered why things that came so seemingly naturally didn't work for us.
We allowed parents or authority figures to form us into what they wanted us to be... and we felt used and cheap. That couldn't be right.
Before the NOW we feared that surrendering to this larger plan meant becoming so much like a "we" we never wanted to be.
becoming religious, boring and weird.
giving up adventure
becoming less masculine... or less feminine
The truest and best life we get to live involves fully realizing our own gifts, living as our true selves and playing our role in a part of a destiny bigger than us... yet including us, sometimes to our own surprise!
"And now, with Gods' help, I shall become myself." Nine words. A lifetime of freedom"And now, with God's help, I shall become myself," penned Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard.
"And now, with Gods' help, I shall become myself." Nine words. A lifetime of freedom!
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