What is it that you think defines you? Is it your stuff, your career, your degree, your looks, your talent, your accomplishments, your net worth?
When you look to all things external to give your life meaning, you will never find rest. You will be forever enslaved trying to maintain your image, or the image you think you have created.
If you are allowing anything other than your relationship to the very Giver of Life to define you, you are a poser and you are withholding the gift God has intended to give to this world through the life only you can live.
As a follower of Christ, you have all you need in him. Timothy D. Willard and Jason Locy, in their book, Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society say “As the world spins toward oblivion, raging on in an ever-echoing toast to ‘get all you can,’ Jesus himself flows into our lives, misting our souls with his presence. He surges deep into our anxious thoughts and notions, giving life.” If this sentiment falls flat with you and does not spark a mighty “YES!” from the center of your soul, there is so much more to life in Christ than what you are experiencing and I implore you to dig deep and find out if I’m not right. Pray and ask God to do the work of renewal in your life that only God can do. Sit still and listen for the Gentle Whisper. Imagine a life surrendered to God, a life that has broken free from the constant striving and grasping; a life resting in the Grace of its benevolent Creator. That’s where the juicy sweetness can be found and when the traction you so desperately seek will finally be felt.
“The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage sweet.” – Annie Dillard, The Writing Life