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Celebrate Your SHAPE

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Celebrate Your SHAPE
By Rick Warren — Sep 24, 2015

“Oh, yes, you shaped me first inside, then out …. You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit …. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” (Psalm 139:13-16 MSG)
God never wastes an experience. Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).
At Saddleback Church, we help people consider five areas of experience that will influence the kind of ministry they are best shaped for:
1. Educational experiences: What were your favorite subjects in school?
2. Vocational experiences: What jobs have you enjoyed and achieved results while doing?
3. Spiritual experiences: What have been the meaningful or decisive times with God in your life?
4. Ministry experiences: How have you served God in the past?
5. Painful experiences: What are the problems, hurts, and trials from which you’ve learned?
Your SHAPE was sovereignly determined by God for his purpose, so you shouldn’t resent it or reject it. “Who are you, my friend, to talk back to God? A clay pot does not ask the man who made it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ After all, the man who makes the pots has the right to use the clay as he wishes” (Romans 9:20-21a TEV).
Instead of trying to reshape ourselves to be like someone else, we should celebrate the SHAPE God has given each of us.
Understanding your SHAPE builds self-esteem. There’s an epidemic of low self-esteem in our society today. Most people do not like themselves. Studies have shown one reason is that more than 50 percent of all people are in the wrong jobs. I believe that genuine self-esteem — as opposed to pop psychological self-esteem — is built on two biblical truths. It’s not about raising yourself up by your bootstraps or thinking positively or the “I’m OK; you’re not so hot” philosophy. Genuine self-esteem is built on your relationship with Jesus and knowing what he created you for.

Talk It Over
• What do these Bible passages reveal about your SHAPE?
• “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isaiah 43:7 NIV).
• “The people I have shaped for myself will broadcast my praises” (Isaiah 43:21 NJB).
• “From where he sits God overlooks all of us on earth — he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do” (Psalm 33:14-15 MSG).

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    Super blog - Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon
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    I get so tired of people trying to mold me into something or someone I'm not. I'm so thankful to the Lord, that He's not that way. He made each of us in our own way.
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    emoticon Rick, emoticon , emoticon & emoticon Blog!
    emoticon For sharing your blog with me! I really like your blog! I'm going to attempt to answer your questions. 1. Means that He made me as He wanted me to be. He knew how I was going to be before my Parents knew how I was going to look. Although we all knew I would like my Daddy. But now I look like my Mom.
    Question 2. The people He made will spread the news about God. That means Preaching the word about God! From where God sits in Heaven,3 He can see us all down here, and He knows exactly what we do everyday! God forms the hearts of
    all of us and He knows everything we do. No matter if it's watching T.V., eating a meal, doing house work or whatever it maybe, God sees it! Have a Thankful &
    Blessed Thursday!
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  • SUNSET09
    That Rick Warren knows what he's talking about......especally when it comes from God's Word! Oh emoticon and amen! emoticon emoticon
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