Posted on 2007-05-13. Filed under: Thoughts |

Tonight I read in Velvet Elvis the following:

Shalom is the presence of the goodness of God. It’s the presence of wholeness, completeness.

The author, Rob Bell, goes on to say (as he remembers something said to him):

And then he said, in what has become a pivotal moment in my journey, “Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God has made you to be. And anything else you do is sin and you need to repent of it.”

The relentless pursuit of who God made me to be.

I started identifying how much of my life was about making sure the right people were pleased with me. And as this became more and more clear, I realized how less and less pleased I was with myself. What happens is our lives become so heavily oriented around the expectations of others that we become more and more like them and less and less like ourselves. We become split.

When I read this, it reminded me of what a friend told me this past week:

I pray you will have hope and be encouraged beyond what you can see. Don’t try and shoulder the burden for who other people are or your fears about what they might become.

I’m realizing that I need to be true to the calling God has placed on my life. I can’t be concerned about what others may think or what may happen to them because my God is their God too and he can take care of us all. If I follow His calling, everything else should work out. That doesn’t mean it will be easy or enjoyable or painfree but it will work out. This brings new meaning to me for the 28th verse in the 8th chapter of Romans:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Follow God and everything else will work out. Also, in Matthew 6:33-34:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

So, I shall pursue shalom. I will pursue wholeness – to be all of the person God has called me to be. He has made me unique and He had a reason to do so. I will not try to be who others expect me to be. I will be me – the real me – and as I follow God that “me-ness” will fall more and more into God’s will and fulfill his glory. Twice in the past week (from two very different sources), I heard this saying (paraphrased):

Jesus loves me exactly as I am and yet loves me too much to let me stay this way.


Both of the thoughts wrapped up in that sentence give me comfort and encourage me to move forward towards shalom.


Edited to add:

OK, after posting this last night, I woke up and read one of the blogs I’ve been reading for over a year and this is what she has to say:

Don’t get hooked by someone else’s issues. Taking the high road will help you avoid additional complications.  … Other people need to deal with their own issues and it is not your problem to solve. If we take responsibility for problems not our own then


1) They don’t usually get “solved” with good long term solutions.


2) They create a lot of tension between the parties involved


3) The person who should be solving the issue doesn’t or is left without the chance to move to a higher level.


 OK, OK, OK. I’m getting this message from enough places. Thank you Father for making sure I don’t miss the message. Right now, I need that; I’m feeling a little obtuse.

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Bravo!! Once we are truly pursuing the path of who God had created us to be, then our lives will be a benefit to others. 🙂

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