My Identity Verses Me

Who are you? If you could hand a business card to someone that would sum you up in five words or less, what would it say? Perhaps no words would be seen but the outline of a bandaid. At a glance, you could be known as broken or wounded. Not sure? Let’s dig a little deeper.

Are you a Facebook junkie? Am I? Looking back over my posts for the last 30 to 90 days, what is my subject matter? Is there one topic I’m constantly going back to, describing in detail, “dealing” with, and/or trying to “cope with”/conquer/overcome? Am I now so focused, I wrap everything into that topic? Is it no longer an interest but an identity I’ve chosen for myself?

Is that who I am? Am I grief? Am I scared/fear? Am I anxious? Am I an equal rights advocate for ______? Am I depressed? Am I—stuck like this forever!?!?

Facebook has no answers just more quotes I can “share” that will validate my feelings or passion. Then again, maybe I just want to know I’m not alone–how’s that for justification? Where is the answer? Where is the silver bullet that will kill or take away this entity that is controlling me?

Beep! Beep! Beep! Back this blog truck up!

Quick review: Last week I decided that I wasn’t going to wake up to please anyone else. I embraced that as Christ is living in me, I’m supposed to please Him. I can’t do that if I am focusing on pleasing people or myself.

What about this weakness and/or passion-identity that is haunting me in my FB posts? How do I step away from that and towards my identity in Christ?

Philippians 4:8 ”And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.“

As I was hanging out with Heavenly Dad this week He gave me this crazy revelation:

When I was a child I was taught Ephesians 2:8-9 as part of the “How NOT to go to hell but get through the pearly gates.” How many times have we heard,”If you died on your way home, do you know where you would go?” That’s a valid question, but there something missing…it reeeeally sounds like more of an insurance policy than a relationship.

What if heaven and hell isn’t just THE end goal? What if living this life as He created me to live-Him in me-so I can talk to Him every moment of everyday/relationship is? What if Ephesians 2:8-9 wasn’t interpreted as a salvation only from sin but meant something more , “For by grace you have been saved: from fear, anxiety, depression, selfishness, fatigue, guilt, shame, regret (whatever)–through faith and not by anything YOU can do. If you could do it on your own, you’d be doing it by now and bragging about it!“

So what are we supposed to do with this “issue” I/we have been posting about?

What would it look like if every time that “focus” popped into my head, INSTEAD of being down because,”here we go again,” getting anxious, sweaty, or whatever, I whisper, “Thanks Dad for taking this” (why ask when He’s been telling me to give it to Him from the beginning of time?) Then: “Fix my thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.“

According to Him, that unhealthy burning that is stealing my time and attention from people in my life (that I am here to love on), will be just another scar from a wound healed by my Father. Hey! Scars are stronger than the original tissue!

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Next, I get to refocus that passion to comfort someone else who was as lost as I…was–because I’m NOT ANY MORE. I am blessed to walk with them as they overcome and release an identity they did not mean or want to choose. Whoot! Whoot! God’s got this!

Until next time: Blessings!

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