Often times people go through life seeking affirmation from people and things. These places of affirmation leave people searching, empty and lost. For those that put their faith and trust in Jesus, their source of affirmation is from a different place. They are a new creation with a fresh perspective of how they view themselves, what they say about themselves and more importantly a different understanding of what God says about them.
God says many things about who you are and who you will become. I hope this list of 20 truths God says about you can serve as a reminder and a source of encouragement.
God believes in you… it’s time to start believing in yourself.
- I am a child of God. John 1:12
- I am a friend with God. John 15:15
- I am not condemned by God. Romans 8:1
- I am an heir with Christ. Romans 8:17
- I have wisdom, righteousness and redemption, in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:30
- I am a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- I am the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
- I have been set free. Galatians 5:1
- I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3
- I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God. Ephesians 1:4
- I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of God. Ephesians 1:7
- I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ. Ephesians 2:10
- I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
- I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise. Ephesians 3:6
- I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ. Ephesians 3:12
- I have been made complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10
- I have been chosen by God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
- I am an overcomer in Christ Jesus. 1 John 5:4
- I am a citizen of Heaven. Philippians 3:20
- I Can Do All Things Through Christ. Philippians 4:13
Share your thoughts on any of these truths that God says about you and add others to the list.
The longer I live and the more people I meet, talk to, work with, counsel, mentor and simply listen to; the more I realize people struggle and fight for authenticity. People have a deep desire to be “who they truly are” but find themselves caught up like a hamster trapped in the wheel of mimicry.
No matter the person or the level of success they have achieved, the overarching reason they feel trapped and unable to be authentic is due to fear. Fear of what people think. Fear of being chastised. Fear of being wrong. Fear of making a mistake. Fear that the authentic individual deep down inside of them might be a little more daring, caring and sharing.
The crazy thing is that God didn’t give you the spirit of fear; however He did give you an authentic spirit, an authentic you. Drop the fear, let go of the fake and pick up the authentic. Authenticity will bring about challenges, critics and mistakes… Be authentic anyway.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – C. Jung
You were brought into this world as an original, please don’t leave it as a phony. You are now free to move about the cabin of life… You Have The Freedom To Be Authentic.
Why do you think it is so difficult for people to be authentic?
The Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit is just around the corner. This years dates are August 9th and 10th at a location near you. The broadcast site in Barrington, IL is already sold out; however there are locations hosting events in over 200 US cities and locations all around the world. Click here to find a site with the full conference experience near you.
This year’s speaker line-up is amazing including some of my favorite speakers, authors and leaders: Bill Hybels, Craig Groeschel, Condileeza Rice, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, John Ortberg, Geoffrey Canada and many more.
Early Bird Registration ends June 26th, so be sure to register now. If you use priority code “Williams” you can save $20… say “Cha’ Ching!”
I always look forward to The Global Leadership Summit… This year you will be inspired to “Lead Where You Are!”
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The “Miracle on Ice” is the name in American popular culture for a medal-round men’s ice hockey game during the 1980 Winter Olympics. The United States team, made up of amateur and collegiate players defeated the Soviet team, who had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954.
Team USA went on to win the gold medal by winning its last match over Finland. The Soviet Union took the silver medal by beating Sweden in its final game.
Right now the #OKC Thunder are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals. No team has ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and go on to win the championship. In other words the #OKC Thunder are done unless of course a miracle happens. I’m not believing for a Miracle on Ice but rather a Miracle on The Hardwood. In faith I’m calling that miracle #ThunderMiracle.
I know some people think I’m crazy for not thinking the pleasantly-plum lady hasn’t already began singing her song… call me crazy. I understand that it would be much easier to write this post and believe in the #ThunderMiracle once this young resilient team wins game 5 tonight. There is something special about this young team that’s worth believeing in and something worth throwing the odds and the trends out the window. Just a series ago, the odds and history said the #Thunder couldn’t comeback from a 2-0 deficit and win the next 4 straight against the Spurs and they did just that.
The leader of the #Thunder Kevin Durant responded this way in an AP article…
“We didn’t get here just to make it here and say we made it to the finals. We want to come in here and we want to try to get a title. It’s all about, keep competing until that last buzzer sounds and that’s what we’re going to do. That’s the type of city we play for, a city that never gives up. That’s the type of team we are.”
These young men who have fought hard the last 3 games, have come up on the short end of close games that have been decided by a couple of possessions. They will continue to fight, continue to compete and try to win until that last buzzer on June 26th.
I say the #ThunderMiracle is on… Believe with me and maybe we will be reading headlines in about a week from now that read something like this: #ThunderMiracle – OKC Thunder Does What No Team Has Ever Done Before.
Share your thoughts. Feel free to tweet about the #ThunderMiracle before it happens. It’s called faith!
You can only progress if you are willing to take a risk and try something new. You must be willing to put one foot forward and do something different today than you did yesterday. You must be willing to work harder tomorrow than you did today.
The world is filled with stagnant, woulda, shoulda, coulda’s that are unwilling to make real progress. You can’t steal second base unless you are willing to take your foot off of first base. Stop settling for comfort, you only need comfort when you’re sleeping. Stop playing life so safe, go ahead and step out on a limb… Remember the limb is where the fruit is.
If the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to beat the Miami Heat tonight, they must be willing to risk something, to try something new, to change it up, to give more effort and be better today than they were on Sunday.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” ~Seneca
Dare to risk something… Risk Is How You Progress!
If we are willing to look, we can find Leadership Lessons all around us. Since we are smack dab in the middle of the NBA Finals, I thought I’d share a couple of Leadership Lessons from the key Superstars in the 2012 NBA. (They just happen to be the 2 best players in the NBA) The Best in the East and 3-Time MVP LeBron James and The Best In The West and 3-Time Scoring Champ Kevin Durant.
Let’s jump right into these Leadership Lessons:
2 Leadership Lessons From LeBron James
- 1. Be Slow To Speak – This actually means be slow to speak, react and do. Some of the LeBron’s most memorable moments have not actually been on the court but a combination of him “taking his talents to South Beach” media frenzy coupled with the “not 1, not 2, not 3… spirit fingers” referring to the number of championships they were going to win. Those number have yet to be achieved although they are on a crash course with the #Thunder trying to get number one. Those moments and memories have created leadership perception vs reality challenges for King James. Be slow to speak, slow to act and slow to react.
- 2. Mature From Your Mistakes – One thing that’s evident about LeBron is the fact that he is growing and maturing as a Leader on and off the court. His post game interviews demonstrate maturity. He’s not over-reacting to the highs or lows of criticism, failure and success. LeBron is maturing through his earlier mistakes and what could be deemed as immaturity of a kid coming out of high school to the NBA whose skills actually lived up to the hype. Maturity is an on-going process, remain open to the process.
2 Leadership Lessons From Kevin Durant
- 1. Don’t Let Others Dictate Your Level Of Success – Kevin Durant was actually picked as the 2nd pick overall in the 2007 NBA draft. The experts felt that Greg Oden was going to be a better player in the NBA… Portland how is that working out for you? Some of the criticism leading up to the draft was the fact that Durant couldn’t bench press very much weight. I love what TNT NBA Analyst Charles Barkley said about that during the Western Conference Finals; “For all of those people that were worrying about how much weight Kevin Durant can bench press… that’s just silly. He doesn’t need to bench press 100 pounds the basketball doesn’t weigh that much.” Don’t let what you supervisor, the naysayers, the experts… dictate your level of success.
- 2. Don’t Play The Blame Game – Excuses and the blame game are major leadership pitfalls. So many leaders want to blame mistakes, failures and losses on everyone else instead of looking in the mirror. It’s much easier to throw someone under the bus than it is to accept the fact that you’re the bus driver. During the NBA Finals there have been lots of questionable calls and no-calls. It’s been talked about by the experts over and over and during game 2 of the finals the no-call foul that LeBron James committed on Kevin Durant potentially made an impact on the outcome of the game. Durant’s response in post game interviews were simply, “I missed the shot… period.” After Game 3, Durantuala responded to questions of the poor officiating by saying, “The officials are human, they are going to get some calls right and they are going to miss some calls… Bottom line is I need to get better. We need to learn from this and come out better the next game.” Don’t play the blame game, look in the mirror and take responsibility. Not only will it make you better but it will make those around you better.
Share your thoughts on these Leadership Lessons from LeBron James and Kevin Durant. What other leadership lessons have you seen from these two or other high profile athletes?
For those of you that follow me, you know that I travel
quite a bit a lot. I feel like somewhat of a traveling expert. I know what I can and can’t do, I know the shortcuts, I know what bags to pack so I don’t have to take my liquids and gels out of my bag and the list goes on and on. Even though I have figured some things out, I still dread two aspects of the traveling process: 1.) Small Airplanes 2.) The Security Process
I can generally avoid small airplanes, but the security process not so much. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the security process, I don’t complain, I’m patient and I’m appreciative of the systems to make sure our airplanes are safe. Nonetheless, shoes off, laptop out, lines, hold-ups, pat-downs, random searches, do this and do that can be a little cumbersome. 🙂
Yesterday I experienced a “1st” while going through the TSA security. After I had went through the full body scanner with my hands above my head, I stepped out to wait for the TSA agent to tell me “your’re good or hold-up.” The representative didn’t say neither, with his detective blue latex gloves on and a serious face he said, “Sir, I’m going to need to check your hair.” LOL “Excuse Me!” Mr. TSA Agent replied, “I’m going to need to check your hair.”
I proceeded to lean my head down for the shorter Mr. TSA Agent and he looked at the top of my head. Unfortunaltely looking wasn’t enough, because he proceeded to do a full pat down of my fro with his latex gloves. Say Wha? To be honest, I was chuckling on the inside because I assumed that Ashton Kutcher was going to pop out from behind the luggage conveyor belt to let me know that I had been “Punk’d.”
For those of you who follow me, you know that I go to the barbershop on a regular basis, once – sometimes twice a week. You are not supposed to mess with a mans fro and seriously what could I possibly be hiding in my 2.5 inch manicured afro. This just cracked me up, luckily I had my handy-dandy afro pick to get everything back into shape.
If they are patting down my fro, I know OKC Thunder 6th man of the Year James Harden is having serious problems going through security, unless the TSA Officials “Fear The Beard.”
I now have a prepared response, the next time this happens… “Hey Bro… Don’t Pat My Fro!”
Share your thoughts on my fro pat down experience or any other random Airport Security Experiences that you have experienced or witnessed.
In life we will always be faced with moments where there is a mis-understanding and times where we are simply mis-understood. Unfortunately, we live in a perception is reality world where mis-understandings turn into mis-truths and mis-realities.
You don’t have to buy into this mentality. Just because you are mis-understood doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily wrong or need to change. Maybe the individuals with the mis-understanding need to change.
Start each day by giving people the benefit of the doubt, this will minimize mis-understandings. Pray that others will do the same. Start each day by embracing the fact that It’s Okay To Be Mis-understood. Throughout history, some of the greatest leaders and world changers were mis-understood.
“To be great is to be mis-understood.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Remember the highway to understanding is a two-way street that was paved by the mis-understood.
I think this post may be confusing… or maybe I’m just mis-understood.
It’s Okay To Be Mis-Understood