What is your identity? Who are you?
We wrestle with those questions from Jr. High days on forward. Our identity colors what we think about ourselves, how we choose to act and with what our hearts resonate.
We often think of a relationship when considering our identity. A parent of, a child of, a spouse of etc. Or we think in terms of our vocation, our occupation. I am a ………..butler, a banker, a candlestick maker. Or we may identify with our favorite pastime – a fan of a sports team, a “skater,” a “surfer,” a “blogger,” a quilter.”
When we identify ourselves in one of those areas our worlds can be quickly shaken if something goes a rye. If our pride and joy is being a parent and our kids make choices that break our hearts we wonder if we are good at anything at all. Or if we are very proud of our parents and they are our stability in life, then when one of them makes a decision that makes us ashamed, our world is rocked. If we are all about our business ventures and they go south, again, an identity crisis. If our self-concept has to do with our physical health and that changes then we re-evaluate who we are in this season of life.
The only rock solid identity is that of a child of God. No one can take that away. No life change can break the cement of that relationship made available through Jesus Christ. Hear the words of David, when he was in trouble:
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
Faith in the One who will never leave us or forsake us provides a strong foundation for our identity. From Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, author of Streams in the Desert:
Faith rests on the naked Word of God. When we take Him at His Word the heart is at peace.