I’ve been considering politics…
No. Not that I want to run for any office, but more along the lines of how tough you must be to be engaged in the pursuit of an office. With all the mud slinging, name calling and belittling junk going on, if you are not a tough personality then you must be off in the corner whimpering!
But, just for a moment, imagine your last name is Trump. Cruz. Sanders. Clinton. Rubio. A long list of names of politicos that define themselves to the electorate every single moment of every single day. They must be assured of who they are, what they are, and how they project themselves. Roll with the punches. Jab. Jab. Slam! Duck, Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee!
When Moses asked God who should he say that sent him back into Egypt to lead the nation out of bondage, he was given this answer.
Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” (Exodus 3:13-14 NKJV)
It is an amazing answer. God knew who he himself was and simply replied, “I am Who I am…”
If someone were to ask you who you are, then what do you reply?
As for me, I’ve come up with a short list of descriptors that define me.
- Son, sibling, child, adult, cousin
- Father, uncle, minister, pastor, encourager
- Friend, lover, teacher, student
- Faithful, consistent, friendly,
- Lifelong husband to one wife…
When a prior boss in the 80’s wanted me to be more like him, I replied something that defines me differently than the list of words.
“I want to be the best me that me knows how to be.”
This reminds me of a song from a few decades ago by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I gotta be me, I’ve gotta be me
What else can I be but what I am
I want to live, not merely survive
And I won’t give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive
I gotta be me, I gotta be me
The dream that I see makes me what I am
That far away prize, a world of success
Is waiting for me if I heed the call
I won’t settle down, won’t settle for less
As long as there’s a chance that I can have it all
I’ll go it alone, that’s how it must be
I can’t be right for somebody else
If I’m not right for me
I gotta be free, I’ve gotta be free
Daring to try, to do it or die
I’ve gotta be me
Regardless of who you think you are, the words you use to describe who you are is very important. When you accept descriptors from others that belittle and demean you, then you are giving someone else power and authority over you. When you use uplifting and positive words, then you are denying their power and substituting that which means the most to you!
Two scriptures give you an understanding regarding the power of words.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
(Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)
- But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. (James 3:8-12 NKJV)
The power of words! From the same mouth can come Death. Life. Blessing. Cursing. When you surround yourself with people who speak constant Death or Cursing, then what they speak into your life easily rolls off your own tongue and become your own words! Replace that with Life and Blessing, then you are more easily affected by good words and language and, again, these words become your own words!
(There will be more about this over the next few days…Stay tuned!)