The Accidental Pharisee

Monday, July 21, 2008

Learning What to Wish For

"Do not wish to be anything except what you are."
~St. Francis De Sales

If I could, I would like to ask St. Francis what prompted him to say, "Do not wish to be anything except what you are."
Oh, really? And why not?
There's a part of me that wants to argue with that statement. I want to insist that surely I can come up with a new-and-improved version of me.
Sound like a Pharisee, don't I?
There's part of me that has to confess that "me" has been distorted--by the actions of others and by my own actions.
There are days I am not even sure who or what I am, it's all gotten so horribly mixed up in my circumstances and my own efforts to fix things.
And then I remind myself that it's not all up to me to figure out who or what I am.
I have a Creator-God who made me in His image. Who made me with a purpose in mind. Who knew exactly what He was about when he formed me in my mother's womb (Psalm 139).
And those truths give me hope.
Just Thinking Out Loud: So maybe this Accidental Pharisee got lost along the way. Maybe when I look in the mirror I'm not too certain who is looking back at me. Is that the woman God intended me to be or is it the woman I thought I was supposed to be?
It's not irrepairable. God is a God of miracles--and he can help me see myself more clearly. He can teach me who he made me to be. He can show me what his purpose is for my life.



  • Thank goodness it is not irrepairable and God loves us regardless and will help us to make it right.

    By Blogger Melanie, At July 21, 2008 at 7:49 PM  

  • It is wonderful and scary at the same time to know that we are NOT the ones in control! Knowing that He has a plan for my life is encouraging even though I have no idea what that entails! Thank you for another wonderful reminder!

    By Blogger breaths of the heart, At July 21, 2008 at 8:15 PM  

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