I find it so interesting that Moses “when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” (Hebrews 11:24 ESV)
I see that as choosing to take on the identity of being one of God’s people, before his other human identity. I choose that too.
It is a daily choosing.
Just as a good friend pointed out, being in the 12-steps (code-word for addiction recovery program) involves being able to admit every day your broken state. For me that is being an alcoholic. It it necessary for your recovery and for survival. Staying sober means admitting your powerlessness. But can be a way to label yourself. And it doesn’t create the space for allowing God to rename you, reshape you, even change and heal you, to transform and redeem.
I am rigid and ornery, prone to perfectionism. Hard on others. Even harder on myself. I am a person that doesn’t like to be perceived as weak and is oh, so mean to myself! How that fits with all of this I do not know completely except that it fits with my revisiting old pain, old narrative, old Story. I have lived with naming my shaming for years.
But this is false, a false modesty and a false humility.
So says Richard Rohr, that incredible friar who wrote Falling Upward ( I have to admit I have not read this wonderful book, recommended by so many people I respect. It’s on my to read list! ) But I get his emails.
I opened my inbox today and read this:
“All-or-nothing reformations and all-or-nothing revolutions are not true reformations or revolutions. Most history, however, has not known this until now. When a new insight is reached, we must not dismiss the previous era or previous century or previous church as totally wrong. It is never true! We cannot try to reform things in that way anymore.
“This is also true in terms of the psyche. When we grow and we pass over into the second half of life, we do not need to throw out the traditions, laws, boundaries, and earlier practices. That is mere rebellion and is why so many revolutions and reformations backfired and kept people in the first half of life. It is false reform, failed revolution, and non-transformation. It is still dualistic thinking, which finally turns against its own group too.
“So do not waste time hating mom and dad, hating the church, hating America, hating what has disappointed you. In fact, don’t hate anything. You become so upset with the dark side of things that you never discover how to put the dark and the light together, which is the heart of wisdom, all love, and the trademark of a second half of life person. Maybe that is why we blessed the candles on this day, right in the middle of winter.
“You become so upset with the dark side of things that you never discover how to put the dark and the light together, which is the heart of wisdom, all love, and the trademark of a second half of life person.”
Here’s to living in the Light!