Trying to be everything for everyone drains us. Compartmentalizing our lives have lead to us having a fractured soul and a divided life. Thinking security is found in our finances, status, family, relationships and job won’t work. It leads us to compare and compete with those around us. More importantly, this mindset causes us to forgo our integrity to meet our immediate needs and desires. If our emotional health is dependent upon how we compare and compete with others, we will always be sick. Security is found in only one source: living a life of integrity centered on who we are in Christ. Instead of balance, we must pursue centeredness where our heart and mind are in alignment.
Double: Part 1
How Are You?
February 12, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
Double: Part 4
Imperfect Integrity • March 5, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
Our integrity supports the weight of another person’s trust. Coming to this realization instantly causes pressure to well up inside of us. We begin to rely on our own strength to somehow will us into obedience and perfection. We feel like we’ve got to be everything to everyone. We respond to every demand and find ourselves stretched too thin. We all desire to be a person of integrity, but we aren’t perfect. So, how does one reconcile their imperfections with their pursuit of being a man or woman of character? Imperfect integrity is possible, but it begins with deciding on where you will remain.
Double: Part 3
Your Whole Life • February 26, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
When Jesus speaks of seeking first the kingdom of God, He is reminding us how important our eyes are to integrity. We are likely to see what we are looking for so seek first His Kingdom. To remain in God takes tenacity and grit. It requires us to stay put and to hold on tight. It means bringing our whole self to our whole life and having the courage to be seen by all.
Double: Part 2
February 19, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft
When we are unsure about our worth and our value, we either overstate or understate ourselves. Regardless of which end of the spectrum we fall, both reactions are governed by our insecurities. This leads to instability which in turns fuels a lack of integrity. In the pursuit of a misguided contentment, we take matters into our own hands. We foolishly believe that contentment has to do with aligning our circumstances in a way we can control and manage ourselves. This is a losing battle and short sighted. True contentment comes from trusting that God will give us everything we need in order to do everything He has asked us to do.