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Friday, July 4, 2014

Think About It

Who We Are

You would think that because we’re all human beings that we would all be alike, but we’re not. Apart from the physical differences, we are all different in the way we’re wired, the way we think and act. Our value systems are different, what we like and don’t like are never the same. Yet we still expect certain things from people and we get mad when we don’t get it. For example, we expect respect, and to be treated fairly. But this doesn’t always happen and we wonder how can people be the way they are?

As an animal lover I’ve learned to size up animals by they breed, posture and temperament. With dogs, I take into consideration whether they’re a Pit-bull or a Chihuahua and then proceed accordingly. Dogs, just because they’re dogs, don’t all act the same, and neither do humans. Because I expect a dog to act like a dog, given its breed etc. I’m not shocked when they become aggressive, or when they become playful. They’re all different. Even how they are raised will affect their behavior. The same is true for us.

Who we are is impacted by many factors. Whether we’re male or female, when we were born, where we were raised, and how we were raised. When we get together with others we have an entire bag of accessories from which to respond and react to our world. Some of these are very clear to us and we know why we do what we do. But there are others that are hidden, and although we are aware of the behaviors, we don’t always know why we do them. The Psalmist wrote, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you
 and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps 139:23:24).

There’s much about who we are that’s hidden even to ourselves. Because of hurt, pain, and other factors we have learned to deny and stuff things. Yet they still have a way of coming out even if we’re unaware of what they are. The only way to find what’s hidden is to ask God to search us. Knowing who we are can actually be freeing. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

very good.

Anonymous said...

What a great Think About It! Things from the past do effect us every day, even when we think they're not. Thank you!