The “Self Made Man” is an original sculpture by Colorado artist, Bobbie Carlyle. An organization known as Funding Freedom adopted the “Self Made Man” as its symbol of self-reliance and the freedom philosophy. The organizations says that the “Self Made Man,” chiseling himself out of a solid block of rock, captures the essence of the freedom philosophy – that left to his own devices, man will use his God-given talents to be creative, productive, and prosperous. Using free will, he will better his own situation and that of those around him, thereby influencing in a positive way his own destiny. (I - Rebecca - question that people "left to their own devices" will choose good. This disagrees with God's Word on the subject. That is another post.)
Remember, you are constantly in the act of creating yourself. You are in every moment deciding who and what you are. You decide this largely through the choices you make regarding who and what you feel passionate about. ~Neale Donald Walsch
I like this quote. It makes me think, and I like to think. I agree with parts of it. I AM every moment deciding who and what I am. I DO decide through the choices I make. In that sense, I am constantly in the act of creating myself.
Here, however, is where I part company with the thought. I was created by God who "knit me together in my mother's womb." It was also He who re-created me (II Corinthians 5:17)! That is why I want to be passionate about HIM! I want this - and only this passion to influence my choices about what I wear, the food I eat, the words I speak and write, my family relationships, my home and garden, and the use of my time and energies.