Part of my TRUTH journey has been replacing the lies I believe, the negative dialogue we all struggle to keep at bay, with TRUTH. It is not always easy in a world where information bombards us every second, coming at us through so many mediums.
I have identified 5 lies that impact me the most. And as I seek to lead better, to grow in my understanding of who God is, I daily work to keep the TRUTH front and center, replacing the lies.
Lie #1: The world tells us we need to each find our unique calling. In fact a 9.9 billion dollar self-improvement industry exists in this country. And while there is a place for DISC, Meyer Briggs, Enneagrams, the truth is those are merely tools to be used as we carry out our calling. For those of us who believe that God is the one and only God, that He sent His Son to die on the cross taking the sins of the world upon Himself so that we could have direct access to God the Father, our calling is clear and universal. Our calling is to bring glory to God. The moment we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are filled with His Spirit who then guides and directs our thoughts and actions. My credentials, my roles, my vocation, are simply processes God uses, but they are not my identity, they are not my calling.
That TRUTH is incredibly freeing. Choices become so much easier when I stop and ask myself, “Will this (action, word, business decision, social event) bring glory to God?” In that moment what can often seem difficult and complex, becomes simple.
I spent a lot of time in my early twenties and thirties searching, trying to figure out my calling, assessing my strengths and weaknesses, waiting for ‘this’ to happen so I could do ‘that’. The simplicity comes in letting go and letting God. The simplicity comes in knowing that no matter what role I am in, what job I hold, what friendships I am nurturing, allowing myself to be used by Him, allowing Him to bring glory through me is all that is required of me.