Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Lies That Bind

I was impacted this past Sunday by this short video, created by the amazing creative team at Gateway Church to illustrate the binding force of lies so many of us believe about who we are and what we are capable of offering the world.

Bound from Gateway Church on Vimeo.

The video reminded me of a simple but profound question that I often ask in my coaching work with clients...

What's holding you back?

None of us are exempt from the effect of lies that we believe. They bind up our souls and hold our hearts hostage, keeping us from living out the bold, free life that God intended for us all. They keep us from action. They keep us living small.

Here's a challenge: Sometime this week, sit alone with your journal and make a list of just five things that you deeply desire. If you like, use these questions as a guide:

What's one thing you deeply desire...
  • ... for yourself and your life?
  • ... for your family?
  • ... for your relationships?
  • ... for your nation?
  • ... for the world?
Then, after each one, write your response to this question:
  • What are the messages I tell myself that hold me back from taking action to make this desire a reality?
Lies are subtle: Obvious from a distance, but hard to see up close. Part of wisdom is recognizing that there are voices in the world that don't have your best interest in mind. And some of them are inside your own head.

"You will know the truth; and the truth will set you free." ~ Jesus (John 8:32)

P.S.-- For the full message connected to the video above, go to gatewaychurch.com (or just click here). And join us live online next Sunday morning (9:30, 11, and 12:30 central) for more of Gateway's current series on overcoming lies in our lives.

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