Every once in awhile I hear someone ask this question, “What are you into?” or “What do you do?” or “What do you do for a living?” All of these are probing questions with the intent of finding out who we are and how we fit int the world.
In this series, “Leave No Doubt,” we’re talking about the 6 things worth standing up for. We want people to remember us for something specific and meaningful, right? So we want them to know where we stood, what we believed, and not only what we did, but what made us tick, and why we did it. This is a very timely topic, given the fact that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple just died at age 56. One of the most memorable things he said was at a Stanford commencement speech in 2005. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Over the years I’ve seen too many people try to live their life by someone else’s standards or values. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important that I understand why I do what I do, that I do indeed live before an audience of One, but I also serve in a world full of needs and people reaching out for help. So how do you become who you are and at the same time make sure that that is a person who does things that matter and can leave a meaningful legacy?
Yesterday, we talked about our three imperatives. They go something like this: Because of who I am and whose I am, I – not you, my wife, my children, the government – determine what I must do. This is what it means to be a follower of Christ. To let that relationship so define my identity and my intentionality that people know why I do what I do.
The next question is what do you do? We talked about seven different things that could describe what we do and what we’re into; what we’re for rather than what we’re against.
Life is short. You don’t need certainty. You don’t need clarity, but you do need the confidence of who you are and that that will always be enough