“No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do. Whether you realise it or not, you are in an unending conversation with yourself, and the things you say to you about you are formative of the way that you live.
Smack-dab in the middle of your internal conversation is what you tell yourself about your identity. Human beings are always assigning to themselves some kind of identity.
There are only two places to look. Either you will be getting your identity vertically, from who you are in Christ, or you will be shopping for it horizontally in the situations, experiences, and relationships of your daily life.”
Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp Page 21-22 (Published by: IVP,2012, ISBN: 9781844746026)
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
Francis Collins, the author of this work, is the distinguished physician and geneticist who was the director of the Human Genome project. The Human Genome research was a ‘complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA, and determining aspects of its function’.
The author of this book is Alister McGrath, formerly Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London, is now the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion at University of Oxford, UK.