A friend of mine once described me as a disciplined person. At first, the adjective surprised me. What an interesting way to be perceived. The more I pondered it, however, the more I understood. Oh, the commonality of discipline and disciple.
Who are you? Have you ever just taken a moment to reflect on who you are, who you want to be, and if those two notions coincide? I have found that when I am in Christians circles, often my fellow Sisters and Brothers know what to say. It is easy to recite Christian-clichés, church-rituals, and general pleasantries because we have been conditioned to do so.
“Good Morning Sister.”
“Be blessed Brother.”
“Jesus loves you and so do I.”
Do any of these sound familiar? It is easy to dress nice and project an image for two hours, but when all things are still and you think no one is watching, “Who are you?”
At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. —Daniel 6:4
We are different, uniquely made. Do not be surprised that you will appear as such. People will investigate you. They will look for a blemish, a fault, a flaw. You, like I, know that no one is perfect, so the pressure of appearing as such is removed. It is removed because we know who we are. Being scandalous, corrupt, and untrustworthy does not appeal to us. Hence, in a world that seems to thrive off of trickery, fraud, and wrongdoing, we will by default stick out and for that reason alone people will go out of their way to set traps for us to fall.
Know who you are so you will not be conflicted by pressures of being a minority in any given scene. Be consistent. Who you claim to be publically should match with who you are privately.
Since childhood, we are encouraged to determine what we want to be. I have found that it is first important to resolve who we want to be. The who shapes the what, not vice versa.