Identity

May 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm 2 comments

Five-minute Friday! Here we go, linking up to gypsy mama & her discussion of identity.

Is it bad that the first thing I think of when I hear “identity” is “identity crisis”?

We don’t know who we are anymore.

All too often, I don’t know who I am anymore. Or rather, I forget.

I love the way Annie puts it: “chasing a Jewish fisherman who calls himself Jesus” – and calls us His.

But you see, it’s so very easy to forget. The hardest thing about this upside-down kingdom is that, if the eternal is so much more important than the physical and temporary – it’s also so much harder to see, to believe in, to trust, to remember.

And so we go along trying to make an identity for ourselves. I’m a writer. I’m in public relations. I go to this university. I’m a woman. I’m this person’s friend, this person’s daughter, this person’s girlfriend.

And our identity is smotheringly, desperately clinging to those labels: writer. career girl. friend, daughter, girlfriend.

And it smothers our careers, hobbies, relationships. If something goes wrong in any or them, how can we not take it personally? It’s our identity that’s at stake.

And in the midst of this, I’ve forgotten to look up. He calls me His child, His beloved – and He promises that this will never change, it will always be the same. The more I find him, the more I’ll find myself and my real identity.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bennettaj  |  May 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Great job and yes, I think we tie ourselves to those labels way too much. Our identity is solidly in Him.

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  • 2. anniewiltse  |  May 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    amen, Megan! i love this. our attempt to cling to identity smothers our real identity. oh, that’s good. & thank you for the mention! :]

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