Most mornings I wake up a bit disconnected. I am not a morning person. Not even for one second. I do think though. A lot. One of the first thoughts in my head is
“Who do I want to be today?”
The church answer is Christ. I think that is a good answer. But I realized in asking that question so much over the last few years I have some identity issues. Do I know who I want to be? Sometimes I want to be the really fun youth leader, or the super wise council, or the really amazing communicator, or the girl that no one knows,or the pretty girl, or the gentle girl or the lazy beach bum.Sometimes I really have no clue who I want to be. Often my answer is Jesus. But sometimes I want to be other things. Then I think it through and it always comes back to Jesus. I know that most would say, “Good job Mindy. Great answer. You are on the right track” I don’t want to be on the right track any more. I want to walk confidently in who I am made to be always.
In India I have had a major crisis with Identity. So I wanted to take my next few blog post to talk about what I think Identity is and what it is not. I want to hear from you. I want to hash through this. I want us to walk freely in our Identity in Christ. So please speak up on this topic.
So what is Identity? The dictionary says:
1.the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones, as under varying aspects or conditions.
2.the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another:
3.condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is
I would say we all have the same Identity as believer in Christ. I believe Identity is the one part of us that does not change. It is and will always be constant. It is the thing that defines who we are and how we respond. It is not our uniqueness or what we contribute to the kingdom. It is who God says we are.
I thought I would finish this off by sharing with you where I want to find my Identity and where I do not.
I am not…
- My gifts or lack of
- My talents or lack of
- My beauty or lack of
- My sex appeal or lack of ( please don’t freak out. I know we are Christians. Explanation to come)
- My skin color
- My intelligence or lack of
- My sense of humor or lack of
- My personality
- My friendships
- My Job
- My Church
- My Calling
- My role
- My influence or lack of
- My experiences or lack of
- My gender
- The perception and and assumptions of others
- a daughter of the most High King
- the vessel for the power of the universe
- the bride of Christ
- a servant to the kingdom
- to be love, grace, and mercy
- holy and blameless before a righteous God
So where do you find your Identity? How do you define yourself? Is your definition healthy? Lets have a conversation and find out who God is leading us to be.