Dare means “to have the courage to do something, or defy or challenge someone to do something.”
“Being ourselves is being who God created us to be.”
Why do we wait to say yes to things we long to do?
“We show others the parts of ourselves that we think will be accepted and hide the parts we fear will be rejected.”
What parts of yourself are you hiding? How would you live differently if you were not afraid of rejection?
What are your favorite parts of your true, or authentic, self?
When others cannot accept our true selves, it reveals their own insecurities.
Can you identify a time when you felt like a part of who you are was rejected or not valued by others? How did you respond?
How have you limited yourself because you felt like you are “too much” or “not enough”?
Share about a time you did not embrace your true self and it did not go over well.
Share about a time you did embrace your true self and something wonderful or unexpected happened.
What steps will you take to get to know your true self more?
- Identify someone in your life who knows and accepts your true self. Ask them for accountability as you explore your identify.
- Ask a family member, friend or partner what they value most about you.
- Take a personality, strengths, character or spiritual gifts assessment.
- Journal your favorite qualities about your true self.
- Process past hurt or rejection to find greater freedom to be your true self. (See Resources – Fresh Start)
How can you encourage someone in your life to be their true self?
Ephesians 2:10 – How has God created you uniquely? How has God equipped you uniquely? What has God called you to do?
- The Language of Blessing, Joseph Cavanaugh
- The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
- Fresh Start