Tue - Aug 28, 2007 : 10:19 am
Staying True to Yourself
One other thing I've been thinking about lately is a lesson I learned a long time ago. This lesson is summarized into one sentence:
Being true to God in no way diminishes your being true to yourself, simply because God knows how the *best* "you" is.
I was talking with one of my brothers when he said "But if I become 'churchy', I fear I won't be myself anymore." This brought back the exact same fear I had when I was just about to go on my mission.
You know... "I wanna be me!", etc... The feeling that if we stray from the person we've become, we'll be straying from the feeling of "being true to myself".
Well... let's think about this. How do we become who we are?
If we go back far enough, all of us were completely dependent upon our parents, doing nothing more than eating, sleeping, and pooping.
So... When we started to come of age, we start making decisions and reaping consequences. Sooo...
Aren't we all just a sum of our actions? If we are inherently rebellious, do we want to stay "true" to that? Do we want to stay "true" to the natural man, which just so happens to be "an enemy to God".? Hmm..... I don't.
So... If I start to become more spiritual, more "churchy", more religious, more theologically educated, will that bring me away from being "true to myself", or will that just redefine a "better me"?
I think it's the latter. At least, that has been proven to me time and time again.
God knows who the "best me" really is.