Who are you? Do you look to find your identity in Christ?
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
There are times when I feel that I’ve lost my way. I wonder why I am not where I thought I’d be in my life at this point. As a young adult, I knew that by the time I was in my 40s (and it seemed like a lonnnng way off), I would be financially secure, rich even. I would be in charge of my place of employment. My children would be self-sufficient and consider me the greatest mom to ever walk the planet.
I was sure that I would have written a best selling romance/action adventure/mystery novel, won multiple tennis tournaments, and that my house would be ‘the place to be’ and it would be filled with guests for evening BBQs and weekly Bible studies.
Instead, I find myself too hesitant to invite groups over because my house isn’t big enough, clean enough, fancy enough…
I struggle to find passion in the things I do. No longer do I regularly play tennis, so how could I be winning tournaments? My best selling novel is tucked away collecting dust, not even half written.
My children aren’t self-sufficient, but they (I hope) are on their way. They do still consider me the greatest mom ever, I’m sure. At least, that’s what I tell myself.
All of these ‘things’ I thought I would accomplish have not come to pass. I look back at them at times and wonder how I can make them happen. I used to find such joy in the idea of writing a novel, in playing tennis. Now, I sit down to write fiction and I stare blankly at the computer screen. I play tennis and I am more concerned with how sore I’m going to be later.
How do I get that back? The ‘who I was’. I’ve heard the expression ‘find yourself’ but to me that hints at going backwards to who you were before in order to figure out who you are now. While I do agree that our past shapes us, it is not who we are now.
When trying to decide who I am, I want not to look backwards to find myself. Instead, I prefer to know myself now and look ahead to what I might become. Rather than using ‘things’ to identify myself, I want to use Him.
Each day, each moment, I will create who I am in Him. The ‘things’ that come from that will reflect who I am in Him.
How can you find your identity in Christ? Here’s a start:
3. Read the Word of God.
4. See each person as a reflection of God (whether they know it or not).
6. Give joyfully.
7. Accept graciously.
8. Pray some more.
9. Say thank you.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me today to create myself in a way that is pleasing to you. Fill me up and allow me to move forward as your creation. Thank you for the opportunities you bring. Amen.