Finding the Treasure – You!

6 Jun

Let’s start with this basic premise:  God made each one of us uniquely.  Are we in agreement?

But, if God made us unique, then why are we all so doggone the same?  We dress the same, follow the same trends, line up at the factories to do cookie-cutter pre-programmed repetitious jobs, etc.  Why is there so much stress and burnout?  Does anyone ever question why we’re so easily ‘herded’ into our trendy societal norms?

Maybe it’s because we’ve been ‘dumbed down’ to the acceptability of same-ness.   When we’re the same, we’re less trouble for the leaders of our society… on all levels; government, jobs, education… and even church.  For the most part, this is not ill-intentioned.  Rather it’s the best that our leaders have known how to do.  

But that same-ness will likely leave us feeling hollow and unfulfilled… like we’re ‘dangling’ out in the middle of a big world without knowing who we really are.

So continuing with our premise: If God made me unique, then because He’s good, He has a Heavenly grace to empower me to be ‘me’… and a ‘place’ that needs me.

Unfortunately, most people don’t have a sense of their unique identity.  They do the same stuff as everyone else, somehow hoping that they will find special meaning for their life.  And if they don’t find God’s design for them, that leaves them without the full empowerment of grace that God intended.  They end up receiving the general grace that “rains on the just and unjust alike” (Matt 5:45).  As saints our inheritance involves much more than just general grace.  So, my quest in life is to discover ‘who I am’!  If I find that… and walk in it, then my life will be graced to the fullest intent of God’s heart.

(This graphic depicting Heaven’s ‘Bank Vault’ of Grace can be found in my book entitled: Supernatural Provision – Where God Guides He Provides.)

In order to fulfill God’s amazing intentions for me, I’ve got to find ME!  Who am I?  What works for me?  If I could find out who God has designed me to be, how empowered would I really be?

Here are a couple easy questions to begin the discovery process.

Objective: To find out 1) when you felt most alive… and 2) when you have tears.  It’s likely that aspects of your environment are touching the some of the core values, motivations or passions of the real ‘you’!

Question #1.  What did you do in your life that made you feel most alive?  ‘Secular’/’spiritual’… it doesn’t matter.  All your senses were completely engaged…  Your passion was fully ignited… Kind of like the little boy just before Christmas… and just after Christmas.  All he can think about is that favorite gift.  You have measured many other things in your life against that ‘alive’ experience.  Now, the follow-up questions are:

Why did you feel most alive?  Were you with people… or alone?  Were you the plan-ner… or the servant.  Were you the leader… or the follower?  Were you the problem spotter… or problem solver?  Were you the visionary… or the do-er?  Were you the runner… or the stay-home person?  Were you supporting others… or were they supporting you?  etc…   Ask the Lord for more ‘why’ questions.  

Question #2. What makes you have tears most predictably?  (We’re talking about the good kind of tears!  Not tears of pain, sorrow, remorse, rejection, etc.)  Check another of my blog posts for more insights on the Language of Tears and how your tears can ‘prophesy’ to you.

What was happening?  What songs, what sights, what activities, what conversations, what topics, what relationships, what anointings, what Scriptures, etc.  When you answer this question, you’ll want to ask these follow-up questions:

Why did you identify this?  Were you with someone… or alone?  Do your tears involve being around people… or not?  What virtue is being highlighted or expressed?  What anointing is present?  What was the topic of the conversation… or song? etc…  Ask the Lord for more ‘Why’ questions.

Each answer to the ‘why’ questions will require another ‘why’ question… and so on.  Each answer will give clues to help define the essence of who you are.

If this makes as much sense to you as it has for me, you may want to literally make notes of each time you have these two experiences: 1) feel most alive and 2) have tears.  As you evaluate these repetitive occurrences, you probably see a trend that will help guide your life decisions.

Conclusion: Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard over your heart with all diligence for from it flow all the issues of life.”  So, if I’m going to stay full, tender and ‘alive’, then I must begin to make decisions that place myself in the fullest measure of God’s grace.  Note how this graphic Knowing Your ‘Treasure’/DNA (also found in my book Supernatural Provision) illustrates our hearts’ status, depending on how we make decisions.  Thus, it’s paramount that we find out who we are and pursue life accordingly.  

Over the years, I’ve talked through this subject with more people than I can possibly remember.   As we talk I usually scratch out simple notes on a coffee shop napkin.  Then of course, I give the notes to them.  Some have told me many years later that they still carry the napkin in their Bible to serve as a memory jogger.  This pic is one of those napkin notes.


I hope these insights will serve as another tool to help launch you into the powerful discovery of the unique YOU that God has made you to be!

— MLH

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7 Responses to “Finding the Treasure – You!”

  1. preferredrideservices June 7, 2017 at 6:50 AM #

    Great points. Finding that which makes one seem to come alive, asking what prompts my tears. Lately: I might call my tears more of a war cry to first banish my own poverty, and then my Robin Hood-esqe motives pass on what skills I may have learned to enrich others. Teaching others to fish for themselves. As Noble as it sounds, I rationally accept there will be lessons unlearned & untaught, by the time my time is up. That doesn’t mean quit though. An excerpt from Ecclesiastes was read at my grandma’s funeral about the best day of ones life…I don’t recall it exactly, just that she had her views, beliefs, and attitudes that shaped her outlook & impact. I respect that we all face choices and the choices we can make and take action on can have consequences. My effort , when hearing this blog, is to keep up the best good work I can

    • Mark Hendrickson June 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM #

      Max I appreciate knowing you and watching you reach for “nobility”. Good job! May the Lord give us more “alive times” that inspire and give us courage… and times of tender God-tears that are wonderful and intimate and cleansing. O… that feels good, just talking about it. Let’s get together soon!

    • Mark Hendrickson June 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM #

      Max,
      Finding ourselves (the real ‘ME’) is a huge project. Unfortunately, no one ever really talked about it when I was younger, but I’ve been so empowered as I discovered ‘ME’ in the last couple decades. My life decisions are so much easier, my heart is so much more secure, and I can help others more efficiently… without spinning my wheels trying to be something that I’m not.

      The Lord bless your searching… and your discoveries. God bless your “nobility” and your determination to not quit. The prize is well worth it! See you soon.

  2. Mel Wild June 7, 2017 at 3:07 PM #

    This is one of my favorite teachings of yours, Mark. I remember when you shared it at our men’s group. So important and practical. I think this should be part of everyone’s discipleship training. We gave your book to our ministry school students for this reason.

    Love the graphics, too. 🙂

    • Mark Hendrickson June 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM #

      Thanks, Mel. For me, I’ve got to get this right before anything else can make sense. So fun with your group of guys… and at Cornerstone. Always! Mucho blessings!!!

  3. Colette June 8, 2017 at 8:33 AM #

    So good Mark. Thank you!

    *COLETTE*

    • Mark Hendrickson June 8, 2017 at 11:02 AM #

      Thanks Colette. This is one of my core subjects because it’s so central for everything else in life. As our hearts are solidly grounded in our own identity, we can begin to be ‘ME’… the ME that God saw from before the beginning. Now, that’s living!!!
      So proud of you and Jamie!!!!

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