The Sum Of Our Essence

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)

In speaking of the Jews’ introduction into the Auschwitz concentration camp, Viktor Frankl wrote in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, “While we were waiting for the shower, our nakedness was brought home to us; we had nothing now except our bodies.”

Have you ever thought about it? What is the true sum of your being?  Is it in your possessions, your occupation, your degrees, your position, title?  All these can be and will one day be taken from you.  While they do help to define you, the true essence of who you are must run deeper than that which is temporal.

Two things define you: First, your purpose: why are you living, who are living for? Second, (which is hinged upon the first): who do you choose to be, how do you choose to live, respond, believe, and act?

This is why we are urged “in view of God’s mercy…to not conform to the pattern of this world” or let situations or circumstances beyond your control negatively influence who you are, determine your actions, influence your thoughts, or adjust your attitude.  Instead “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”  “Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” (Romans 12: 1-2, taken from NIV & MSG)

Penned from Auschwitz concentration camp by Frankl: “The experiences of camp show man does have a choice of action… to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances…to choose ones way…a decision whether or not you would submit to powers that threaten to rob you of your very self

How will you choose to the sum of your essence; who do you choose to be?

“I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NLT)

Strike a light in utter darkness for all to see by living large for Christ!

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Ted is a federal employee who lives in Alexandria VA with the love of his life, Angie. They have three awesome adult children and one out-of-control small dog. Ted has previously served two churches as pastor and has over 25 years working for or with the federal government, including as a retired U.S. Marine. Ted's goal is to live Micah 6: 9 - to Act justly, (live with integrity in all areas of life), to love mercy, (to forgive as God has forgiven him and bring God's loving compassion to others), and walk humbly with His God (to walk and live every day for God)!

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