He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. Gen 3:24 ESV
Almost like the first humans, who were driven out of paradise, every man or woman is “driven” at birth from their safe and peaceful existence into a harsh reality. The moment we arrive in the world, sin already works in upon us. For the very first time we experience needs – and the distressing lack of their fulfilment. Together with our parents’ care we also experience their expectations and inconsistencies – perhaps even unfairness or rejection. Parents are imperfect and often project their own need for control or esteem onto their children. Very soon, therefore, we lose the unity, peace and fearlessness that every child is born with and start to conform, perform or compete for attention and need fulfilment. We develop a mask toward the world, a front, the expected behaviour that will make us acceptable and likeable. In this way our “ego” is formed. As we grow up our “true self” – who we were and deep down still is – becomes more and more buried, and the “false self” – what we pretend to be and need to be – becomes more and more who we think we are. Can we find back our true selves? Yes – with God we can!
Heavenly Father, it’s true that I’ve lost much of my innocence and peace. I had to become something else, someone else. In many ways I’ve become hard, even false. Lead me back to who I really am! Amen.
Realize how much you had to change!
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