Chuck Swindoll once said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

It’s easy sometimes to define ourselves by our circumstances, but I’ve found that this is a dangerous thing to do as there will always be things in life that don’t go our way or that we don’t control.  If we attach our self-worth to the external, our sense of value can go up and down like a yo-yo.

Defining ourselves by our circumstances also gives us too many excuses to remain in the place of pain that we’ve found ourselves in.  We can repeat the same mistakes because that’s how we see ourselves.

So don’t define yourself by your:

  • Mistakes and failures
  • Level of busyness
  • Problems, setbacks and obstacles
  • Critics
  • Job title
  • Spending power
  • Family history (and their failures or successes)
  • Scars

Instead, I would encourage you to define yourself by your:

  • Ability to learn from your mistakes
  • Resilience during difficult times
  • Optimism
  • Problem solving skills
  • Resourcefulness with what you have
  • Contribution to the world
  • Possibilities and dreams
  • Understanding of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness

As you look at your life at the moment, what are you defining yourself by?

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