Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

Identity

6CA14072-B3DA-4792-8EB3-FE15CBE690A8“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Identity

Our identity is our distinguishing character or personality.  Indeed, it is who we really are. With all the social pressures to mold us into someone that fits someone else’s desires, it is no wonder we have so many identity issues.  As I look back over my life, I think that perhaps I would have been more of the real me in a musical career.  While I had the opportunity to play several musical instruments growing up, no one rewarded that behavior like they rewarded academics.  Now I have trained so long and hard in my profession and given up the best years of musical development.  I try not to be resentful of my past so I move forward full steam, but always mindful of my identity.  I believe that we need to allow our youth to become their true selves by allowing them to seek their true identity, the one God gave them.