Becoming Your True Self

Luke 17:33
“Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.”

Life is a process of letting go. It’s just the opposite of what our egos and our culture tell us. They say…grab all you can and stockpile it and define yourself by it…whether it is money, material possessions, degrees or titles. Jesus says that if you cling to these things…you will never discover your true self…the life that you were meant to have. All those things will sooner or later deteriorate and eventually disintegrate. When you are willing to release those things from your grasp…enjoying them for what they are…but not defining yourself by them…you will actually discover your true self…the you that God intended. You are ultimately a child of God and loved infinitely for no other reason than that.

Suggested song of the day– “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
Hear free clips of Bill’s songs by clicking on Bill Tonnis’ Music on iTunes to the right.
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Have a blessed day!

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Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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8 Responses to Becoming Your True Self

  1. den169 says:

    Your reflections are so good for weekday homilies–short but great at capturing the core, contemplative meaning. They would make a great collection homilists. Book idea???

  2. den169 says:

    that’s “for homilists”

    • billtonnis says:

      Thanks for that, Dennis. Yes! I would like to have two sets published…one with “comfort and healing” messages and one with “calling and service” messages. That would definitely be my goal!

      • den169 says:

        In getting published, so much depends on how things are presented and marketed. In my years as a deacon, doing many communion services and general prayer services, I would have snatched up a book of yours in a heart beat if it was marketed as a sequential whole to match the liturgical calendar that I could use for daily homilies or brief reflections I could use for homilies. If they were marketed in separate sets I might not have taken a look at them. But that’s just me. I do wish you have success getting your messages published in some form or other. They are so worth while. –Dennis

      • billtonnis says:

        Great thoughts, Dennis. My hope was to get a whole year’s worth of “comfort” verses to give to people who are suffering in any way…in hospitals, etc. But your idea makes a lot of sense as well! Thank you!

      • den169 says:

        I once read someplace that good writing has a way of finding a readership. I certainly hope that’s true for your stuff. Too good not to find a large readership.

      • billtonnis says:

        May God’s will be done. Thanks, Dennis!

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