“Birds were created to fly. You were created to be loved. Pain has a way of clipping your wings so you forget you were ever created to fly.” ~Wm. Paul Young
Read that one more time: “Birds were created to fly. You were created to be loved. Pain has a way of clipping your wings so you forget you were ever created to fly.”
One of the core themes in my new book coming out in November, Divine Time Management, is the idea of loving your true identity. Being secure, really truly secure in and of yourself.
Not because of what you do….
Not because of what you have….
Not because of how other people treat you….
But truly just settled in yourself.
This is so critical because if we don’t find our love, security, acceptance, purpose, and belonging from within, we will chase it outside of ourselves.
That can lead to doing the wrong things with our time or simply robbing ourselves of the peace and the joy in the process. When we do things for identity instead of from identity, we experience an incredible amount of anxiety because our self-worth is on the line. When we do things from identity instead of for identity, we can relax, be human, and enjoy the process.
I wanted to share the link to a podcast I listened to recently that you might find helpful in this journey toward greater inner security.
It’s an interview with the author of The Shack, a book that recently was released as a movie. You can listen to it here: Bold Idea Podcast Interview with Wm. Paul Young.
As a disclaimer, I know that The Shack has caused some controversy so I’m not saying I’m an expert on everything Paul Young has ever done and can vouch for all of it. But this podcast really blessed me–brought a few tears–I thought it might also be of benefit to you. Here were a few of my favorite lines:
You must know your significance is in who you are and who God is to you.
If you don’t, you’ll try to suck significance and security out of what you do or use other people to get those things.
There’s only grace for the day. When you take today’s real grace and spend it on things that don’t exist, that’s when you end up in fear-based anxiety.
Only God who has wound us knows how to unwind us in a way that won’t hurt us.
If you would like to listen to the full podcast, you can do so here: Bold Idea Podcast Interview with Wm. Paul Young.
Deep down security is not something we can get from anything of this world, it has to come from within. In my own experience, I still find it a struggle sometimes. But it’s what I’m aiming for and my heart’s deepest desire for you and for me.
I find that when I start to notice myself looking to achievements or looking to other people–whether it’s social media stuff or text messages–for a sense of love and security. It’s so helpful to use that trigger as a reminder to close my eyes, put my hands usually on my stomach and remind myself, “I am so loved, so secure, and so worthy, right here, right now.”
It’s time to fly.
About Real Life E
Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished. She is an expert on achieving more success with less stress. Real Life E® also encourages Christians to align themselves with God’s heart through Divine Time Management.
McGraw Hill published her first book The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress. Harvard Business Review published her second book How to Invest Your Time Like Money. Hachette is publishing her third book on Divine Time Management. Elizabeth contributes to blogs like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company and has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox.