I’ve been listening to Josh Baldwin YouTube videos this morning. Here is an obscure video I found (only 5560 views), but it’s so powerful! There are several things I uniquely love about this guy. Mostly, I love it that he never seems to be out there trying to prove something to everyone. He sings his songs to God. . .as his sincere expression of worship. I guess that’s why God’s presence is so profoundly evident on all of Josh’s videos.
Hurry Up & Find Yourself
So You Wont Have To Keep Trying To Prove Yourself To Others
I think that this is one of the great keys to reaching the pinnacle of success. In the early years, you have big dreams of making a difference, but mostly because you need to prove something to yourself.
But you can’t really make the difference as long as “making the difference” is so closely tied to your own sense of approval.
You have to win the internal battle that rages inside. Like Jacob from the Bible, you have wrestle it out, until the insecurities are fully overcome.
Here are a few great lines from my book,
Chapter 8 – Get A Dream
As far back as Jacob could remember, he never wanted to be himself.
Jacob salivated at the dream of being Esau because as the oldest brother, Esau was promised what seemed to be the greater inheritance of his father’s estate. Jacob was all messed up! Countless preachers have pointed to Genesis 25:19-34 as the perfect text for describing an identity crisis. Can you imagine being the remembered as the most insecure person of all time?
For me, the saddest thing about this unhappy young fellow is that he didn’t need to steal his older brother’s identity. Jacob already had his own unique prophecies—epic prophecies predating his birth. Jacob was predicted to have far greater eternal influence than his older brother. Yet, instead of believing the prophecies and trusting the God who gave them, Jacob created years of torment for himself through the terrible insecurities that fueled his actions. Even though God orchestrated many opportunities for Jacob to discover his own uniqueness and appreciate it, Jacob could not see it until much later in life. Here was a man who wished to be anyone but himself.
Like Jacob, too many people fail to appreciate their uniqueness until they have become exhausted trying to be like everyone else. It amazes me to see how much more successful people become once they know who they are.
[There is a paragraph about Jacob’s all night wrestling match with God and how he prevailed over his insecurities. Then I write. . .]
In just one night, a crushed man became a conquering nation! Usually that is all it takes—just one long, dark, desperate night. In Jacob’s case, a mighty legend struggled through many days as a second-rate imitation, not knowing that one night and a new life dream could change everything!
I would say the greater part of our society lives and dies in a Jacob-like pre-metamorphosis form. They are the Jacob who never blossomed and the Israel that could have been. It happens so often because few people ever push for God’s dream like Jacob did. Let’s be very honest. Besides a surface glance at Rick Warren’s best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life, most people never really wrestle with God about their identity. Our world is covered with millions, even billions, of striving Jacobs sleepwalking through the wastelands of meaninglessness, perishing without a clear life dream, doing what they do only because there is nothing better to do—whatever, wherever, whenever, until finally they retire to their pine box caskets.
Ding, ding, ding! It’s time to wrestle, Jacob—this one defining moment changes everything for you! As a million mondo-sized goose bumps race up and down your back and arms, stretch this out! Make it last! Take massive, immediate action before this opportunity passes. This morning, today, or sometime tonight—politely dismiss everyone and everything out of your personal space, lower the shades, lock your doors, and wrestle. Go after a new name—and don’t let go until you get it!
With Josh Baldwin, the striving is gone. He’s hit a place in his life, where his own identity is settled. . .and his full attention is where it needs to be: on the God he’s worshiping, and the people he’s leading in worship.
This is what separates all of the people who WANT to make a difference from all the people ARE making a difference on the highest level.
When you and I become more like this, we will really make the difference. . .just like we’ve seen it happen in our dreams.
Here is one of my favorite Josh Baldwin songs, You Deserve It All. It’s been playing on repeat in my head for several weeks. . .changing my life. Listen to it all the ay through and you’ll see what I mean.
I spent a few hours this morning, thinking about you guys and praying for you. . .asking God to change your life with this message.
With much love,
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