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You Do What You Are You Do What You Are
Identity

You Do What You Are

Posted by Regi Campbell on December 10, 2014

“You are what you do, right?” We label people. Professionals, businessmen, educators . . . we take an identity from our profession. “I’m an investor,” “I’m a doctor,” “Lawyer,” “Salesman,” “Preacher,” “Entrepreneur,” “Mr. Mom”… Most of the time we stop right there, calling on stereotypes to inform people of who they’re talking to. My brother…

Teenager Tension Teenager Tension
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Teenager Tension

Posted by Regi Campbell on December 8, 2014

Whenever I talk to dads of teenagers, they talk about the tension in their families. Between the kids and their mom. Between being in the ‘in-crowd’ and being an outcast. Between the fun thing and the wise thing. God keeps bringing the word “identity” to mind. It’s so about identity. Young people desperately want an…

Who is ‘They’? Who is ‘They’?
Identity

Who is ‘They’?

Posted by Regi Campbell on August 11, 2014

“A person gets his identity in life based on how the most important person in his life sees him.”  — Charles Cooley, Looking Glass Self Loser? Sinner? Poser? Stranger? Orphan? Winner? Leader? Handsome? Ugly? Too fat? Too thin? Too ruddy? Too pretty? Too slow? Too abrasive? Too gregarious? Most of us get defined by people we can’t…

Empathy and Self-Esteem Empathy and Self-Esteem
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Empathy and Self-Esteem

Posted by Regi Campbell on March 13, 2014

If empathy is simply connecting with people’s feelings, why is it so hard? All us Jesus-followers want empathy, right? “They will know we are Christians by our love” falls apart if we can’t meet people where they are and connect with their emotions. Hard to love someone well without knowing their heart. I believe the…

Your Coherent Narrative Your Coherent Narrative
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Your Coherent Narrative

Posted by Regi Campbell on November 4, 2013

Your ‘coherent narrative’ is the story of your life. It’s usually chronological…starting with where and how you grew up and the big things that happened to you leading to big changes in you. Where you are now and where you see yourself going from here. It starts with remembering. Mark Buchanan says “To remember is,…

A Revelation on Self-Esteem A Revelation on Self-Esteem
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A Revelation on Self-Esteem

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 9, 2013

Every now and then, I find something that I know is going to stick with me for life. It’ll become a “Campbellism” someday because I’ll forget where I heard it and take credit for making it up myself. So here’s this big idea about self-esteem. This came from Tim Keller and his wonderful little book…

You’re Not All Bad You’re Not All Bad
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You’re Not All Bad

Posted by Regi Campbell on March 7, 2013

“I have been crucified with Christ…” Thank God for that. Literally. Our hearts are deceptive, that’s a fact. And we’re born with a sinful nature. That’s a fact. We need a Savior. Another fact. But sometimes we overlook something important. Inside us, there’s stuff God built in He wants to use. Good stuff. The sinful…

Seeing As God Sees Seeing As God Sees
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Seeing As God Sees

Posted by Regi Campbell on March 4, 2013

I don’t want to get carried away here, but this may be the most important post I’ve written. So take an extra minute today and really focus. Okay? God loves you. Completely. Totally. Unconditionally. Just like you are. Warts and all. Never going to stop. With the constancy of the sun’s rays streaming toward the…

“Are You Jesus?” “Are You Jesus?”
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“Are You Jesus?”

Posted by Regi Campbell on January 31, 2013

(A close friend sent me this. I didn’t live it or write it. I wish I had) A few years ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night dinner. In their rush through the…

Do You Have What It Takes? Do You Have What It Takes?
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Do You Have What It Takes?

Posted by Regi Campbell on August 30, 2012

One of the first topics I take on with my mentees is how they feel about themselves. Most guys feel inadequate. I battled with this until I was 33. I still have days of doubt. My psych professor said normal people have medium self-esteem. Everybody else has either too high or too low. I believe…