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Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
Writing blogs has provided significant reflection and change in my life. After writing the series on rest I have embarked on a two month sabbatical from my normal work routine. Since writing my most recent blog on "Why Were You Not Doug?" I have been reflecting on two very important questions:
  1. What might I have done differently without the excess baggage that has kept me at times from walking out my true God given identity?
  2. Why has it been difficult to fully live as God intended?

For this blog I want to explore just the first question of what I might have done differently without all the excess baggage. Some of these insights on how I would adjust are probably a part of the natural maturing process, but I believe most are because I didn't understand and/or walk out who God created me to be. Sharing just a few:

  • I would change the balance between effort/activity and rest. My default mechanism has been effort and activity, for a variety of reasons which I will explore in the next blog.
  • I would spend more time with God worshipping, reading, praying, and just resting in Him. That is part of the motivation for my extended sabbatical.
  • To find more time to be alone with God I would take on fewer responsibilities and be involved in fewer activities. For existing activities I would make a graceful exit earlier when I sense the grace for that responsibility has lifted.
  • I would take more time to listen to God's voice before moving forward rather than letting people determine the use of my time.
  • I would focus more on impacting the environment around me instead of just responding to what I believe people want as a people pleaser.
  • I would take a deeper look at my own expectations and the expectations of others and not succumb to involvements and activities that fall into the "I ought to" category.
  • I would focus more on learning who God created me to be with my own unique set of gifts, personality, and calling.

I would encourage you to make your own simple list. Looking back, what would you do differently if you had been completely comfortable in the identity God gave you? The purpose of such a list is not to feel guilty over the past but instead to provide good guidelines for making future decisions. I know that as I review my list it increases my yearning to consistently grow in my ability to be "Doug" and not anybody else.

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