Building my Legacy.
Pillar 2 – Persona
“Be yourself: Everyone else is taken already.”
(It’s not you trying to be someone else)
Ephesians 4:22-23 (NIV) – 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds.
Matthew 7:16 (NIV) – By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
“The position a person occupies in the world depends on the quality and quantity of the service he renders (aanbied) plus the mental attitude which he relates to others.” – Andrew Carnegie
Persona: A role or character adopted by an author or an actor – It’s how others perceive your character
None of us can build a legacy without your Persona or your Personality.
It’s how you portray yourself to others.
It is a combination of your gifts and talents, preferences, thoughts and attitude.
In fact your persona determines your tendency to act in a certain way in any given situation.
Proverbs 27:19 (NIV) – As water reflect the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
It’s like your default way of interacting with the world.
Are you loud? Quiet? Helpful? Irritable?
Do you act like a grumpy old man?
Are you a leader or a follower?
This all comes from you Persona
Some people use their persona to hide who they really are.
There is no consistency between their Inner and Outer lives
Ephesians 5:15 (NIV) – Be very careful, then how you live-not as unwise but as wise.
However a man/woman of integrity with a healthy persona doesn’t wear a mask.
Their persona portrays who they really are all the time, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.
Many people especially men are confused about who they are supposed to be.
“You were born an Original don’t die a Copy.” – Masson
God makes all the difference; He purposefully created and gifted you to be YOU.
Your real strength is in Christ not in some manufactured personality that someone wants you to adopt.
As a legacy minded person you need to live out the persona God intended you to have.
Romans 8:29 (NIV) – For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Attitude and character are two critical aspects of our persona
Fortunately for us both of these respond well to training and personal discipline.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) – 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
The best way to begin working on your attitude is to first notice it.
Many Christians just carry on with a bad attitude and never really bother to change. It becomes a weak spot in your legacy.
As believers in Jesus we have a lot of reasons to have a good attitude.
J.Oswald Sanders wrote: “Every Christian is under obligation to be the best he can be for God.”
Why be an average poor slack child of God? When you can be great!
As legacy minded people we need to take character development seriously. Not any old lifestyle will do.
How do you act around other people?
Are you likeable, friendly, kind, generous and positive?
Are you difficult to talk with, negative, unfriendly, fault finding and always complaining?
If you from part of the second group; “Then it’s time to change.”
No matter how bad your attitude or character may be; You can do better!
Tragedy and crisis hit all of us
Your persona will either rise up to keep you pressing on or crumble under the pressure.
The fact is that you will get hit, but the question is: “What is your plan when you do?” (When you squeeze an Orange, you don’t get tomato juice)
None of us can turn back the clock or erase the past.
However God gives us a brand new start every day.
Lamentations 3: 21-22 (Amp) -21But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: 22it is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving- kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
1 John 1:9 (NIV) - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Your persona is a necessary pillar that supports your legacy.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) – There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Prayer and persona built on Jesus will develop a lasting legacy.