Cindy Navarro Blog
10/26/11 at 01:17 PM 0 Comments

All About Me

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A friend of mine recently told me about the 3 items her daughter selected for a class project called "ALL ABOUT ME". The instructions are to choose 3 items that will let people know about you. Ava had chosen a ribbon that everyone in her gymnastics class received several years ago, a small picture of herself, and a stuffed poodle (which was the last minute replacement for her original choice of mint-flavored dental floss). I would love to be in the class when she ties these items into an explanation of who she is!! :)

My grandson did the same project several years ago, and I was puzzled by some of his original choices as well. I remember I used my powers of persuasion to get him to broaden his perception of himself: All 3 of his selections involved Spiderman! :) I love Spiderman myself, but I felt that there was a little more to Cody than just one dimension. In retrospect, though, was I just trying to push my ideas of who he is instead of letting him tell how he sees himself? What does that say about me?

Would I choose 3 things that tell who I want to be...or would I choose 3 that tell who I really am? Are my words in conflict with my actions? Is what I say is my main focus what I actually focus on? It is so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of doing that one loses focus on important things.

Paul sums it up so well in Romans 7:21-25~

" I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin."

I thank God daily for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Also, for the prompting of the Holy Spirit who gives me these little nudges...and sometimes a HUGE nudge...to consider if my words and actions are in sync. This time it was the reading of a cute anecdote that made me go from a humorous "what would I choose?" (and a few things immediately popped into my mind over how I spend my time.) to a serious reflection of "what would I choose?" that sums up the woman I want to be. Perhaps it is once again time to do a little tweaking of my lifestyle. I want to be the woman God sees and says I will be. I may never get to where I would like to be on my spiritual journey, but at the end of my life....well, it is best said by the author of "Amazing Grace":

My memory is nearly gone;

but I remember two things;

That I am a great sinner, and

that Christ is a great Saviour.

John Newton (1725-1807) English minister and hymn writer

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