Identity

Mindscape-Genre

How This Relates to Our Minds

We are using the theater stage to explain how our minds work. When we interact in the external world, others see who we are and how we portray our identity. Others cannot know what is happening in our minds, but they can see the outcome of our internal choices. The events in life are the opportunities through which we express our identity. We do that based on the cast we chose to play out our story for the day or the circumstance. The ideal is to live as consistently as possible with our Core being executive in our choices. The remaining cast members blend with our Core identity to enhance our expression. An example would how the stage of the mind would look for a person who is a teacher. The Core self values children and teaching them how to understand problem-solving. The Cast would be the Relational selves that know how to explain problem-solving in the child’s language, how to empathize with the child when she is confused to reduce stress, how to interact with fellow teachers and administrators in the school environment to name a few supporting players.

If the teacher is concerned about pleasing administrators and peers for image sake, the Core self will be less likely to be executive. At that point every member of the cast becomes focused on the doing rather than expressing from one’s Core being. We will illustrate this in the stories of King Saul and King David.

Which Genre–Comedy or Tragedy?

Since the times of Grecian theater, there are two types of narrative. The playwright could tell the story as comedy or tragedy. The complex meanings of these two forms of theater have been simplified through the centuries. The story told as a comedy generally means that it ends with a positive, even hopeful outcome but necessarily funny. The hero “wins the heart of his beloved then rides off into the sunset.” A tragedy show the central figure as facing overwhelming odds, even to be defeated by the events in his life. A tragedy is not necessarily sad but naturally turn out negative because of the choices. Either genre conveys a message from which others can learn.

When you look at the narrative of one’s life, the theme of the focus character can be be identified as either comedy or tragedy. These two themes are the genre of a person’s life story. Two contrasting characters come to mind from the Bible. Two kings of Israel, both selected by God to rule over His children on His behalf, have a lesson to convey about life choices. King Saul had physical and social stature in his favor but his story is tragedy. King David is a gentle, humble man whose story is one of comedy. Both had the potential for a hopeful, positive outcome. However the difference between them is based on how willing they were to believe and obey the Creator.

King Saul worried so much about pleasing people to maintain loyalty. His image as perceived by his subjects was more important than trusting Samuel, his spiritual advisor and the one who spoke for God. He also could not tolerate competition. Saul had to have the limelight and the glory all to his own. When people saw David as a warrior with more victories than he, Saul had fits of jealous rage.

The Comedic Story that Almost Became Tragic

When David finally became king after King Saul died, his life settled down to a comfortable routine. With comfort David fell into a trap like Saul his predecessor. Entitlement is the attitude that can rule one’s thoughts when one has status. “I am the King! I deserve special favor and treatment! I should not have to do things like everyone else.” King David had only King Saul for a role model of what a jewish king could do.

So in this act in David’s narrative, we find him staying home rather than fulfilling his royal duties. His kingly responsibility was to lead his troops into battle to reclaim any land and water rights that had been taken lost to surrounding countries through the past year. His mission was to maintain the integrity of his country’s borders. But, no! King David stays home and sends out his troops under the leadership of his general.

Watch the video to learn the details of how this act in David’s story played out and what it took for his life story not to turn into a tragedy. David is an example of the hope we can have when we obey our Creator. The redemptive intervention comes from a change of mind and heart. David in his Core being, faced with disclosure of his secret did not express remorse because he was sorry for being found out. No David was the genuine example of how Godly sorrow results in genuine repentance. For that reason, David’s story did not become tragic. The proof was the Creator’s assessment of David as a man after God’s own heart.

And when God had removed Saul, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’  Acts 13:22 ESV

 

Action Step

If there are actions you have taken to compromise your Core faith and values. This story of David shows you there is forgiveness and grace available to you. Your Creator designed you to seek Him and in Him find healing for your soul. To begin restoration requires an honest, soul-searching evaluation of your actions and confessing to God in the light of 1 John 1:8-9. that is practical Godly sorrow. Then share this with a fellow believer of spiritual maturity and remain accountable to him or her before God.

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