Greg and I watched a very interesting interview the other day on OWN about Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Tony Robbins. We’ve been enjoying all of Oprah’s in-depth interviews with people she admires and this one with Tony was no exception. If you missed it – try to catch it on a rerun or online somewhere. There is a reason why Tony has been successful for many years – and has sold out seminars around the world.
What was the most interesting to us as we watched and heard what he said to empower people with their God-given strengths and gifts – was the humble past that he himself had come from. Because of that neglect and abuse from family members, he decided that he was going to be different, whatever it took – and change his life for the better. He found the key was in giving to others.
He also said something very important – we are defined by the story that we tell ourselves.
We may have had abuse, neglect, failure, disappointment or a list of other things be a part of our past – but if we keep including that narrative into our present – we will never write a new chapter. Those things will hold us back – frighten us and keep us from exploring the gifts that we have been given – as we tell ourselves, “you can’t do that”.
Our story need to remember what we’ve been through – but then we need to write that new chapter and leave it alone.
Here’s my story:
I am a redeemed child of God. I am not perfect. I have been involved with sin. I have flirted with deceit. I have failed many times. But I am loved by God. He sees me as worthy despite my sinful nature and lack of faith. He sent His son Jesus – for me. I have an advocate when I slip and fall. I can look the enemy squarely in the face and say, “you thought you had me – you tried to trip me up – destroy my life – and ruin my chances at peace with God – but you did not succeed – so GET LOST!” I can look at my failures and challenges as a way of giving of myself for others who may be hurting or lost in a failure and challenge of their own. I can say that I am nothing except for the stubborn love and grace of Jesus. And if I receive any praise for my accomplishments, attitude or gifts – it is solely because of the one who created me, and works in me. His love will never leave me alone.
How about you? What’s your story?