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Are you, you?

December 16, 2009
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Are you, you? Or are you just a reaction of what someone else has taught you to be? I know that everyone is trying to be original out there. But in reality it is really hard to do. The question is…are you really you?

You see in everything we do, we are either reacting to someone else’s choices or we are making our own choices. The choices we make, make us who we are. There is no arguing that point. Whether it is in religion, entertainment or education the choices you make decide who you are. The question is are you letting someone else dictate who you are becoming.

I see it all the time in people. In fact this problem runs rampant in the teens and young adults of America. It’s why the masses of people look, think and act the same. Do you really want to be like that? I know I don’t.

The people who stand out and make a difference in the world don’t react… they make people react to them.

Thoughts? Comments. Did this make sense to someone besides me? Thanks for reading!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. @thedewde permalink
    December 16, 2009 2:54 pm

    Good Stuff man! I was also thinking that since “there’s no arguing that point” that we need to be surrounding ourselves with positive people. People that can lead and be lead in a positive way. Thanks!
    By the way, this is one of those ENDLESS conversations…I love it!

  2. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    December 16, 2009 3:05 pm

    Bro you bring up a great point. Choosing friends and mentors that are quality are is super important.

    BTW I hope its a endless conversation.

    Anyone else with thoughts?

  3. Caleb Ashton permalink
    December 16, 2009 7:01 pm

    I’m about to leave a really long response but I couldn’t pass this up.

    When I read this the first thing that popped into my head was the very last paragraph of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. So… I pasted it to this post for you to read.

    “At the beginning I said there were Personalities in God. I will go further now. There are no real personalities anywhere else. Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be found most among the most ‘natural’ men, not among those who surrender to Christ. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.

    But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away ‘blindly’ to so speak. Christ will indeed give you a real personality: but you must not go to Him for the sake of that. As long as your own personality is what you are bothering about you are not going to Him at all. The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”

    Let me know your thoughts.

  4. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    December 17, 2009 3:58 am

    Caleb the writings of C.S. Lewis are spot on. I am glad you brought up this point. Trying to find yourself brings you to “the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay” but finding Christ does complete us.

    I would have loved to put this idea in my post because I believe whole heartedly in it. If we decide to follow Christ and his choices we do end up like Him.

    Thanks for reading. Were you thinking I would disagree?

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