Sicut Christus – Be True to Yourself

Sicut Christus = Christlike in Latin

SEE’koot ˈkrɪs.tʏs


If you read yesterday’s post (, I talked about the “7 Things to Do,” the list John Wooden’s father gave him upon high school graduation. Most of the 7 things reminded me of biblical principles:

  1. Hebrews 13:16 says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for this pleases God.” In other words, help others.
  2. My favorite verse in the whole Bible, Luke 9:23, reminds me to make each day a masterpiece, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”
  3. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We should drink deeply from the Bible.
  4. John 15:13 reads, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” We should make friendship a fine art.
  5. Building a shelter against a rainy day reminds me it is my faith in God and the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross that shelters me in times of adversity.
  6. The Psalms give us many examples of how to count our blessings; we should pray for guidance and count and give thanks for our blessings every day.

Notice I skipped the very first “thing to do,” be true to yourself.

This saying bothered me. Be true to yourself; what exactly does this mean? It originally came from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To thine own self be true.” It is so seemingly worldly, all about me. Before examining the biblical meaning of being true to yourself, I want to tell you what it is not: being true to yourself is not about you at all.

More on this later, but let me repeat that again: It is not about you.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Three…

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