Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” John 1:22-23
Last week, we talked about being yourself. But before you can be yourself you must know yourself. This is because from time to time, life will ask you the same question they asked John above: Who are you?
When you face crisis, life will ask you, who are you? When you lose or fail, life will ask you, who are you? If you can’t answer that question correctly, that’s when life punishes.
When you know yourself, even when you fail you know for sure you’re not a failure because failure is only an event, not your identity. When you know yourself, even when you lose big time, you already know that you’re not a loser.
Those who know themselves can easily and quickly bounce back from any tragedy simply because they are able to separate their identity from their experience.
I want to share three things to know about yourself. One, KNOW YOUR SOURCE. If you know where you come from you can have a good idea of who you are. The question of source goes beyond biology (parents) or geography (country) to your origin. Where did you come from? Whose are you?
Two, KNOW YOUR STRENGTH. Your strength talks about what you have: your gifts, graces, abilities and skills. Most people know their weaknesses. They know what they don’t have or not good at. But you also need to know what you are good at. These are your uniqueness. What you have is more important than what you know.
Lastly, KNOW YOUR SAIL. Where are you going? The wind of life should be blowing you somewhere. Where is it? Where are you headed? When destination is clear, distraction becomes impossible. But if you don’t know where you’re going, any road becomes attractive. You end up a wanderer in life!