“Remember who you are” is a phrase I heard often growing up. For me, it was not really a positive phrase because in my little girl mind, it was more about “measuring up” than about understanding how God had designed me for a purpose. I now prefer “Remember WHOSE you are!” It’s far more empowering!
A number of years ago, I read a great book, “What’s Next: Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life” by Rena Pederson. It’s a valuable tool for helping you ask questions about how God has designed you, and give yourself permission to step up for all God has made you for. (There’s a similar book by Bob Buford for men – “Halftime.”)
During my life coach training, in our personal discovery process, we were challenged to ask ourselves these questions: “Where were you and what were you doing when your mother called you for dinner, and you were so engrossed in that activity, you didn’t hear her? What about that activity or place still resonates with you today? How do you still employ that interest? If you don’t, what’s stopping you?
As adults, we can easily get stuck in ruts related to the roles we play and we forget we were made for more than just our jobs or work!
Here are more empowering questions that have continued to be helpful as I ponder how to more fully live out how God has made me:
- How do you filter out your inner critic that says, “I can’t?”
- How do you filter out the voices of well-meaning people who say, “don’t?”
- How can you get away from your overwhelm and busy-ness to sit with God and ask questions like “What if?”
- If you could add one sense of purpose or accomplishment to your life, what would it be?
- How would you like to be remembered?
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” No matter what our age, talents, gifts…God has created us for a purpose! Remember WHOSE you are! – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist