When I was in middle school, I began to see gaps grow between my neighborhoods friends and my schoolhouse friends. Even though these were generally the same people. It was in middle schools and definitely by the time I was in high school, that we all organically drifted into different various social groups.
You had the preps/popular kids, the jock/athletes, the rockers/rappers, the nerds/smart guys, the prom queen/mean girls and the artists/gothic kids.
These adolescent social groups would eventually become the adult social groups, that may be more familiar. You have The mogul/entrepreneur, the alpha male/female, the intellectual, the vixen, the satirist and the herbalist.
I have a question for you. Are you playing a role or living in the reality of who you were called to be?
Before your answer. You may claim to be 100% authentic and completely original, but if we are honest, most of us are the sum total of the roles we play.
The baller/ shot caller
The soccer mom
The decisive person
The influencer person
The conscientious person
The studious person
In order to obtain in fulfillment, to operate in purpose or to make sense of this thing called life. We must examine every inch of self, the thoughts, the feelings, the beliefs, the behaviors and the underlying value systems. Remember the greatest questions in life are who am I, why am I here and what do I do. As we critically evaluate these questions, I have another to ponder.
Are you living your authentic life or the one expected and assigned to you?
Please slow down and contemplate your answer. As I consider the rates of divorce, depression, suicide and general unhappiness in the world, there is an obvious gap.
If we are honest, we can get lost in even the most vital of roles.
Again, What’s your Role?
I have 3 Thoughts:
A. Breaking away from the limiting labels will take courage and you may lose, as a result. Friendships, Family, Faith and Social statuses.
B. The real battle is in the roles versus reality. The role can be intoxicating and may celebrate what you do, over who you actually are. Are you strong enough or bold enough to fight this fight?
C. A Role is good for clarity, but bad when it becomes your reality. Could the real you, be lost deep inside the roles assigned to you?
You are greater than the sum parts of the roles you play. You are precious to God and man. Your roles vital, but are not who you are. You are more.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.