We’ve all struggled to understand and activate our “real selves” at some point in our lives. No matter what our faith or philosophy, we’ve likely sought to deepen our connection to that which is most true, the Source of our inner wholeness. In doing so, we are often given kernels of awareness that uplift and inspire us to change, to treat ourselves and others with kindness, and live in a way that honors our Creator and the gifts He has shared with us.
Yet too often, these revelations wing themselves away as quickly as they came. We unwittingly permit their departure by turning our attentions back to the mundane aspects of living and away from the powerful, the pregnant and the possible.
Having caught a glimpse of the eternal person God can make of us, we reject her and settle for the time bound and embattled self of today. In that moment, that powerful, possible self fades to little more than an image. We take her promise and shelve it along with so many other stillborn ideas of which we have dreamt over the years. She becomes a character inhabiting our fantasy lives instead of the flesh and blood being whom we are here by Grace to realize.
We are what persists. This higher, better, wiser, more engaged and intuitive, more capable and successful, more compassionate and content, more loved and loving, more of what God meant me to be person may still exist in our hopes and dreams.
But if all that persists of her is a dream, then at best, she’s a compelling image able to challenge us to grow. At worst, she’s a reminder of unrealized potential, undeveloped talents, untested purposes, untried plans and unanswered callings. She persists as an un-person, reinforcing our habit of remaining “less than we are meant to be” each time we fail to act.
We are what persists. We are what we allow to persist, what we encourage to persist. What version of ourselves are we encouraging by our actions and failures to act?
What version of us does God want to persist? What version of us will allow us to serve, love, and respect God and the people we encounter?
What shall we encourage and permit to persist in us today?