What is my identity? What do I want my identity to be? Every time you create a new account with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other kind of online community, part of the process is creating your identity. Once created though, it doesn’t end there. It isn’t long before we ask ourselves, ‘Do I still want that to be out here as my identity?’ and so pictures and descriptions are changed to match how we now want to be identified.
As I reflect about my Facebook identity, do the pictures of the fish I have caught, the mountains I have trekked, the food I have enjoyed, the people I have met and the concerts I have attended, do they actually truly define me? Of course not. They may identify certain aspects of my life that I like to celebrate, but they don’t always provide a true and clear picture of who I really am.
My true identity comes from being a child of God. First and foremost, that is who and whose I am. How I live that out in my relationship with other people may become my identity in their eyes. But no matter how others see me (for better or worse), that doesn’t change my true identity as someone who is deeply loved as a child of God. My struggle is to live that out in an authentic way. My joy is that no matter how good or bad a job I do at living it out, it doesn’t change the fact that I am still a deeply loved child of God.
What is my identity? What do I want my identity to be? As a child of God, hopefully those two questions have the same answer. So no matter what role I serve, what badge I wear, what community I work in, what brand is on my business card, I am the same child of God – struggling at times to live it out, but enjoying the fact that no matter what, that is exactly who I am.
Spiritual & Cultural Leader