Decoded

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INTRO

POSITIVELY SHAPING YOUR IDENTITY

BLURRED VISION

THE NAME GAME

INTRO

D E C O D E D

To “decode” something means to solve, work out, or piece something together. We can often feel like we are trying to take in all this information we receive about what we should wear, how we should act, who we should become, and with that try to work out - or “decode” - who we really are.

Identity can be defined as the fact of being who a person is, but the fact of who we are can be distorted through our surroundings, the culture we are part of, and the society we live in.

But identity is a fact, a true state of who we are... and facts don’t change. They are there for good, they don’t differ or lie, they always tell the truth.

Your identity is who you are! Sometimes the challenge is getting to know and understanding who it is we truly are. In this series we will be “decoding” who it is we really are, confronting those things that can stop us from being who we were made to be.

Because When you know who you are, you are better positioned to positively shape society.

POSITIVELY SHAPING YOUR IDENTITY

NOTES //

Ever been asked the question, "what do you do?"

Maybe it is a question about what you do for work, or what you do outside of school, or what you study in school. But perhaps a much more important question in discovering who someone really is is not “what do you do” but “who are you?

Your identity is not in what you do. Your identity is not in who you know. Your identity is not in who knows you. Your identity is in who you are.

BEFORE YOU GO

Before we start doing, and knowing, and going, we need to first settle the question, "who am I?"

A great way to understand this is knowing what your values are. What are the things that you see as important, that you believe in, that truly make you the person you are?

Your values could include things like; family, faith, friends, commitment, excellence, generosity, courage, responsibility.

"If you ever discover yourself, then everything else falls into place." - John Maxwell

READY TO GO

If you never discover who you are, it becomes difficult to have influence because you will never know where you want to go, what you want to do, who you want to be. But when you discover who you are, then you are ready to make a positive impact in the world. The greatest discovery is not 'out there', but it is within you.

Focus first on the inside - who you are - and then focus on the outside - what you want to do, where you want to go, who you want to be, what you want to be known for.

QUESTIONS //

1 // WHAT DO YOU VALUE?

2 // WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON THE INSIDE - WHO YOU ARE - BEFORE YOU FOCUS ON THE OUTSIDE?

3 // WHO ARE YOU?

BLURRED VISION

NOTES //

Ever been asked the question, "what do you do?"

Maybe it is a question about what you do for work, or what you do outside of school, or what you study in school. But perhaps a much more important question in discovering who someone really is is not “what do you do” but “who are you?”

Your identity is not in what you do. Your identity is not in who you know. Your identity is not in who knows you. Your identity is in who you are.

BEFORE YOU GO 

Before we start doing, and knowing, and going, we need to first settle the question, "who am I?"

A great way to understand this is knowing what your values are. What are the things that you see as important, that you believe in, that truly make you the person you are?

Your values could include things like; family, faith, friends, commitment, excellence, generosity, courage, responsibility. 

"If you ever discover yourself, then everything else falls into place." - John Maxwell

READY TO GO 

If you never discover who you are, it becomes difficult to have influence because you will never know where you want to go, what you want to do, who you want to be. But when you discover who you are, then you are ready to make a positive impact in the world. The greatest discovery is not 'out there', but it is within you.

Focus first on the inside - who you are - and then focus on the outside - what you want to do, where you want to go, who you want to be, what you want to be known for.

BIBLE //

2 CORINTHIANS 5:16-17 [NLT]
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now this means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

NOTES //

Our identity is based on something greater and surface things such as clothes or friendship groups are never stable. Jesus never changes, so we can be confident that what he says about us doesn’t either.

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‘New’ creations. This means that the mistakes we make, the names we get teased with, even our own thoughts about ourselves, can never change our identity.  

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When you understand this, you can’t help but be more confident, more understanding of people’s feelings. We focus less on changing the bad things about ourselves because they get pushed out - we don’t even have to try. This is the 'new life' we experience by seeking Jesus.

QUESTIONS //

1 // WHAT DO YOU VALUE?

2 // WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON THE INSIDE - WHO YOU ARE - BEFORE YOU FOCUS ON THE OUTSIDE?

3 // WHO ARE YOU?

THE NAME GAME

NOTES //

Okay, let's play a game, "the name game". What immediately comes to mind when you hear these names; Michael Jackson _ Drake _ Cristiano Ronaldo _ The Queen _ Captain America _ Jesus _Beyoncé?

The first thing that comes to mind isn't the thing that defines these people, but it does play a huge part in who they are. What would be the first thing people say when they hear your name? This doesn’t define us, but it too can play a big part in who we are.

If you have ever been to Starbucks, then you may have experienced what it is like for someone to get your name wrong. You say your name at the cash desk, only to collect your coffee under what is a completely different name (usually quite entertaining). Our name is part of who we are, it is how people call us, and how people know us, and those who really know us get to know our full, full name.

NOT DEFINED BY A NAME

As much as we associate ourselves with our name, we are not defined by it. Similarly, when people call us names, they are just words, they do not define us.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and words cut me deep."

But the names people call us are not harmless. There are names we have all been called in the past which somehow stick with us, and what may seem like harmless to the person saying them, have the power to negatively impact the life of the person receiving them.

Do not allow the names other people call you to define you. You cannot choose not to hear them, but you can choose not to take them to heart.

THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR NAME

Throughout our lives, people attach labels to us. Some can be positive, focusing on the great aspects of our character, but more often they are negative, trying to confine us and define us in a way that is not true to who we are. If we let other people define who we are by the names they call us or the labels they attach to us, then we will never step into our true potential.

You are unique, made the way you are for a reason, and the world simply needs you to be the best version of you.

QUESTIONS //

1 // HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED “NAME-CALLING”?

2 // WHAT NEGATIVE LABELS HAVE YOU TAKEN-ON THAT YOU NEED TAKE-OFF?

3 // WHY DOES THE WORLD NEED YOU TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE?

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