(Wrap Up) “The Me I Want to Be”

I have finally finished the book The Me I Want to Be.  I admittedly am a slow reader to begin with.  But if you give me a book that has so much substance as this book from Jon Ortberg…. it will take me even longer… Plus not to mention the 8 pages of notes, and quotes I wrote down in my journal as I was reading through it.   I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled with finding their place in Christ.  I really kicked my tail a lot about the pre-conceived notions that I had about myself… about how God sees me, and what He wants for me.  There were several quotes from this book that really hit me hard..and I just wanted to share them with you.

“We often assess how “spiritual” we are by how much we are pursuing our distorted list of what counts toward spiritual growth instead of fullness of life”

“Blessed are you, not because you can have every desire fulfilled, but because you ARE NOT your desires”

“…not only is the devil the tempter he is the accuser as well.  He will convince us to stay down after he has tempted us with our own sin”

“Prayer, more than any single activity is what places us in the flow of the spirit”

“If I want God (or anyone else for that matter) to love the real me, I will have to work at getting real” ….. “I cannot be fully loved unless I’m fully known”

“Living the adventure God planned, becoming the person God created you to be, is not one pursuit among many.  It is why you were born.  It is worth wanting above all else.”

“God is at work in this hour, and his purpose is to shape you to be not only his servant, but His friend.  Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water”

Those are just a few of the many things in his book that completely slapped me in the face. It just really reinforced to me that we are all a huge work in progress, and that when I compare myself to someone else…and their journey it only hinders my growth because I am wanting to take a path that isn’t mine…it is someone else’s path.  I need to focus on what my path is… what God has called me to do, and most importantly to learn be aware of the things that get me side tracked from actively pursing God’s plan for my life.

I have had the thought pass through my mind…..that after everything that we went through with Gavin the “after” portion of life would be a breeze..and that it would feel simple and easy.  But that isn’t the case, nor should it be the case.  Because if life is easy, simple, and not complex then I have absolultely NO REASON to rely on Christ.  I am not saying that I want to continually have  heart ache in my life and intense stress, but having obstacles in my life is a reminder that I can’t do this alone…and if I try to do it alone I will just go into a down hill spiral.

I am so glad I read this book, and I have a feeling it will be a book that I will re-read over and over again because this is a continued process to become the me God has called me to be.  There are things that I need to be reminded of daily…monthly…yearly and this book is definitely one of those books that will continually be a breath of fresh air to me.

3 Responses to “(Wrap Up) “The Me I Want to Be””

  1. Nathan
    February 23, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    You’ve convinced me over the last few months that this book needs to be the next book I read, once I finish “The Jesus I Never Knew”… which probably won’t be until summer 2012…

    Love that one quote: “If I want God (or anyone else for that matter) to love the real me, I will have to work at getting real… I cannot be full loved unless I’m fully known”

    Good stuff!

  2. Adam
    February 23, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    @Nathan… do you have no idea how true that quote rings in me.. That one probably was the biggest hitting quotes of the book.

  3. Laura
    February 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Wow, just wow. Very powerful insights, and it sounds like an amazing read. I will have to look into finding this book. These are some really good thoughts, and excellent reminders. Sincerely – thank you for sharing!

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