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Playacting to become who you want to be


From “On this day, God wants you to know:”

“that the surest way to become is to playact. Whenever you wish to change yourself, but find it difficult, start as children do by pretending that you already are. As you play at being who you wish to become, the playact itself will surely transform you.”

What do you think about this statement?


2 thoughts on “Playacting to become who you want to be

  1. I had a little trouble with this one, too. Just wondered if I was reading it wrong or if anyone else wasn’t comfortable with the statement either.

  2. I used to “believe” this was possible, but found that genuine, lasting, transforming change never occurred when I pretended to be what I wanted to become. Many Sunday’s I would sit in church praying diligently to be changed by God. I acted like the person I was trying to become (inside) by serving God in church (outside). I bought all manner of books and thought I could read my way to real change. Even tried the adage “take the actions and the feelings will follow”, but again it always came up short. It would “seem” real and feel good for a while, but in the end it never stuck.

    In my experience I failed because of my core motivation. I was seeking something for myself. Sure I would have good sounding intentions (help my relationships, free up my mind from this trouble, etc.), but at the core it was all based on getting something for me and my glory. Not until I came to realize and confess to God that I was being selfish and not seeking His glorification did things change.

    My other observation in this approach is that it relies on self. I’ve tried and failed miserably so many times with the biggest battles in my life. 2 Cor 12:9 NLT “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Apart from God’s power I am weak and will fall short of true change (his will not mine). Changing ourselves into our image goes against Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Our plans might not be God’s plans. Who are we to try an change the masterpiece He created us to be?

    Now, where I believe the “acting” comes in and can be a potential assistance as it relates to 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” I hold tightly to this verse as the world and Satan try to drag me back to the person I was. The lie is that I could change apart from God. The lie is that I’m really just pretending to be this new creation. The lie is that it can’t be sustained. The lies are many and begin with pride and self serving reasons behind the change.

    True change begins in the heart and results in a death of the whole person. The miracle is that in that death we experience a resurrection in Christ as a new creation. The Holy Spirit floods in and changes the desires of the heart. Acting in that strength to resist the lies keeps us in the new life. God cannot be fooled Heb 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” We might be able to fool ourselves and others with an act, but not God.

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