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The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery by David G. Benner
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“Some Christians base their identity on being a sinner. I think they have it wrong—or only half right. You are not simply a sinner; you are a deeply loved sinner. And there is all the difference in the world between the two.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Christian spirituality involves a transformation of the self that occurs only when God and self are both deeply known. Both, therefore, have an important place in Christian spirituality. There is no deep knowing of God without a deep knowing of self, and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God. John Calvin wrote, “Nearly the whole of sacred doctrine consists in these two parts: knowledge of God and of ourselves.”3”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Self-acceptance always precedes genuine self-surrender and self-transformation.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“If God has come in the flesh, and if God keeps coming to us in our fleshly existence, then all of life is shot through with meaning. Earth is crammed with heaven, and heaven (when we finally get there) will be crammed with earth. Nothing wasted. Nothing lost. Nothing secular. Nothing absurd.... All are grist for the mill of a downto-earth spirituality.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Genuine self-knowledge begins by looking at God and noticing how God is looking at us.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“The self that begins the spiritual journey is the self of our own creation, the self we thought ourselves to be. This is the self that dies on the journey. The self that arrives is the self that was loved into existence by Divine Love. This is the person we were destined from eternity to become—the I that is hidden in the “I AM.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Paradoxically, we come to know God best not by looking at God exclusively, but by looking at God and then looking at ourselves—then looking at God, and then again looking at ourselves. This is also the way we best come to know our selves. Both God and self are mostly fully known in relationship to each other.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Created from love, of love and for love, our existence makes no sense apart from Divine love.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Truly transformational knowledge is always personal, never merely objective. It involves knowing of, not merely knowing about. And it is always relational. It grows out of a relationship to the object that is known—whether this is God or one’s self.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“AN ANCIENT AID TO DEEP KNOWING OF OUR SIN One tool that many people have found helpful in identifying basic sin tendencies is an ancient approach to understanding personality called the Enneagram4 (pronounced “any-agram”). Unlike classifications of personality that are based on traits,5 the organizing principle of the Enneagram is deeper and less attractive. It zeroes in on the fatal flaw, or basic sin, of each of nine personality types. No one should work with the Enneagram if what they seek is flattery. But no one should fail to do so if what they seek is deep knowing of self.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Paradoxically, as we become more and more like Christ we become more uniquely our own true self.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
“Identity is never simply a creation. It is always a discovery. True identity is always a gift of God.”
David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery