• Wayne Fox

Self-awareness is something to attain

Self-awareness is something to attain

Self-awareness is a thing we should strive to obtain, but it's meaningless if we don't measure our self-awareness against our Creator. If we don't know our Creator and His abilities our self-awareness is meaningless. As stated in: Psalm 127:1–2 (ESV) 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

We must strive to discover our true identity. It is of vital importance in securing a Sabbath-rest. As we are on a journey, we must never forget our True North (on our compass) for our journey. It becomes evident that we never attain our true self-knowledge until we have previously contemplated God, then we can contemplate ourselves. The bottom line here is that we can only know the fullness of who God is in view of our understanding of ourselves. We should strive to grant ourselves the permission to become truly self-aware and understand that our true identity comes from who Jesus is. We can only find our Sabbath-rest a complete rest in Jesus Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated: "We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interpreted by God." When we embrace this freedom, we can fully embrace and live as Christ desires us to live.

The symptoms can look different, but the issues remain the same. Many of us have been attending's church services and would articulate that we are "not feeling anything." Many of us find ourselves doing deeds for others and serving other people and feeling that we do not see any returns for our actions. We may find ourselves feeling disillusioned and confused. This is what our culture tells us about engaging with God. This comes from our participation, consistency, and the services we provide to others. We are told and we believe that if these things are present, we will receive the blessings from God. When we feel this way about what we are accomplishing this is just another factor that contributes to the exhaustion of our soul. What we are simply saying is that we must measure up to the expectations of others, or the expectations we have made for ourselves. These expectations that we made for ourselves, are the cause of a great amount of our spiritual fatigue.

Over the years I have known several Christians who were great workers in the Lord's kingdom. In several cases these individuals received their identity and self-worth from the work that they were engaging in for the Lord. As long as their work was progressing and they were seeing results they were enthusiastic and zealous for our Lord. But as soon as something negative happened to the ministry that they were engaged in they become discouraged, and in many cases left the church. I have seen this pattern not just in ministry but I've heard stories of people who have reached the point of burnout in their jobs, marriages, and their personal relationships. There is an old Greek proverb that states "know yourself", this proverb has been shared for centuries with a variety of connotations connected to it. Here is the simplest form, we are reminded of the need to be aware of our character and our limitations. If we’re honest with ourselves, we will be able to move toward the place that provides resolution to the events that occur in our lives.

Let's think about how often we find people that position themselves and attach themselves to some particular ministry, but do not have a genuine desire or compulsion toward that ministry. Many times, these individuals are attaching the expectations of others to this particular ministry. When we strive to keep up a façade like this, when it does not actually reflect our desires, this is exhausting to our spiritual soul. Each of us has had things that were imposed by others on us. This is not the right kind of self-examination that helps us to begin to move a side the barriers in our journey to obtain the real rest for our soul that we are longing for or what God desires for us.

If I implement this strategy in my own life, I will be living a healthier tension free life. There are far too many people that live with the belief that there is no way out of the constant cycle of anxiety, worry, shame, guilt, and fatigue. But with the help of God we can find rest for our souls.

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