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Do You Journey Alone?

February 21, 2012

     “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”  This is a powerful statement that was made by Frederick Douglass the great Civil War period abolitionist.

     The first part of this quote is a deep topic; one that we can spend a lifetime discovering.  To be true to one’s self is a journey of discovery; a journey we embark on that has no end.  It is a journey of our own choosing at first.  What we choose is how we will take the journey.  Will we take it alone or will Jesus be our companion?  

     Those who choose to take the path of self truth alone, risk many dangers and heart ache along their journey.  One danger they face is the danger of deception.  Is the path they choose and find truly their own? 

     We never truly journey alone.  There are many guides and influences along the way.  Some seek to bring us good, many seek to deceive and twist for their own purposes.    If we choose to be true to ourselves without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we place ourselves in the grave position of harmful influence.  In the end, the deceived person adamantly believes they have been true to their selves but quite often they have become true to an incorrect ideology and confused into a false belief of who they really are.

     As we live this life, dream our dreams and set our goals; all that we do comes out of the belief of who we are.  The bottom line, the core of our being, the destiny we will fulfill starts with the belief of who we think we are.  If you believe yourself to be exactly who God said you are; a child of the most high King, a victorious warrior, more than a conqueror; then you will be true to that belief.  If you believe anything different from what God has said about you, then you will struggle throughout life with what you think about yourself and what you accomplish.  That person can be easily swayed by every wind of doctrine.

     Today, consider the first part of Douglass’ quote.  Are you true to your self, or are you true to anything?  If it is not yourself, what are you true to?  Does it shift with the company you keep and what is convenient at the moment; or would you rather be rooted in who you truly are and be able to be true to that?  The choice is yours today.  Today the journey begins.  Do you want to take it alone or do you choose to invite Jesus.  Be wise and choose the latter.  It is the only way to make the journey.

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  1. February 22, 2012 7:13 am

    Debbie, I have read and reread this and also shared with a girlfriend who is needing this exact encouragement!! She and I both are so inspired and uplifted. Thank you!! 🙂

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