Who Are You?

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“Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self. This is the man I want myself to be but who cannot exist, because God does not know anything about him.” – Thomas Merton


Listen to my song “Listen to Your Heart” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Luke 17:33

“Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.”


Jesus gives us another key to life.

Trying to hold-on to some concept of what my ego has concocted about who I am prevents me from being my true self.

I have to be willing to let God name me, to let God give me my identity.

That means letting go of preconceived notions and always being open to something new.

You can’t grow if you are closed to change.

I think one major obstacle is fear.

People are obsessed with security which is an illusion.

The only way to grow is to step out of your secure comfort zone and into the unknown.

When you are under the control of your ego you are creating a fictional character that is only concerned about maintaining that character.

I remember coming to this realization myself years ago when I knew that my persona of “radio news anchor” was not me.

It was a job that had become a large part of my identity. I tried to do this job to the best of my ability, but it was not reflecting my true self.

I knew I had to leave that life to find the life I was yearning for.

It was my soul yearning to express itself.

It was the Spirit calling me into the unknown.

I am so thankful that my ego finally relented due to the misery it had created.

Today, while I still have the same struggles as all humanity, I live in the light of the freedom of simply being a beloved child of God.

That’s all I need.


Listen to the song of the day “Listen to Your Heart” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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