4 things to do with yourself

I love this from Justin Buzzard:

I see four ways you ought to handle yourself:

1. Know yourself.

“Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves”(John Calvin). Do you know yourself?

2. Be yourself.

God created you to be you. Cease all attempts to be like someone else. Be you. Meditate on Psalm 139. Walt Disney said, “The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anybody else, and that’s what makes you unique.” Disney’s statement points us to a central way we can glorify God. God gave you the vocation of being yourself, he doesn’t call you to usurp someone else’s vocation by attempting to be somebody you’re not. Are you comfortable being yourself?

3. Preach to yourself.

“The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’– what business have you to be disquieted?

You must turn on yourself…and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’– instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Quit letting those burdensome voices have such a loud presence in your life. Ignore those voices, and turn up the volume on Jesus’ voice. Have you established the discipline of preaching to yourself?

4. Forget yourself.

You were created to forget about yourself and get lost in the joy of knowing God, doing the work he’s called you to do, and loving others. You aren’t as interesting as you think you are. Forget about yourself. Let yourself be small and let your world be large. Because your Heavenly Father will never forget about you, you can forget about you. Are you learning to forget about yourself?

Ask God to give you the grace to handle yourself in these four ways.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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