Being My Own Man
I remember when our kids were younger they would have mock elections at school. It was interesting when it came to the presidential elections because they held them before the actual national election day.
The results were accurate to the outcome of the general election, and we can all guess why. Kids were voting according to their parents beliefs.
We all like to think that we grow past that and become our own person. I think, therefore I am (and all that). None of us are influenced by culture or heredity or political propaganda or God forbid, advertising.
We tend to think we’re above all that, but are we? If we were to be completely honest, our feelings toward a certain topic may have just as much to do with where we were born than what the “truth” is, but that’s where Jesus comes in—saving the day as usual.
Here’s what C.S. Lewis says about the subject,
This is what the Bible teaches and experience shows me. In surrender, I find my true self and true voice. I don’t have anything but the “empty way of life handed down to me by my forefathers” as 1 Peter 1 describes until I am awakened and brought to life in Christ. Losing my life, I find it. Forsaking the false personality, I receive the real.
Incredibly (but understandably given the immenseness of our God), this doesn’t mean we all think, look, act, dream, process, or express ourselves the same. Every person living their created and divinely purposed destiny—that’s what He is after. Restoration of every man, woman, and child extending to the redemption of all creation.
Now that’s what I call a movement.
What do you think? Are you your “own person” or have you derived your freedom from delighting in being His person?
This is the part of our book club discussion for the final week of Mere Christianity (disclosure) by C.S. Lewis. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.