Each day that goes by, I begin to see how we are all part of a bigger story, and we each play such a small part in it. These moments of insight usually come from my children. A couple of years ago, I picked up our kids from school, and my youngest daughter looked a little down. If you knew her, you would know that this is not typical. I asked her what was wrong, but she told me it was nothing. Sometime later we were alone in the car, and she began to open up. She began to tell me how some kids her class were calling her names and making fun of her hair cut. She was really saddened by this incident. She was in the 6th grade, and is really for the first time realizing that we each have an identity that describes who we are. Not every one is going to like who we are. I began to encourage her, and tell her the wonderful things that I liked about her. She began to smile. I shared with her that our true identity comes from Christ, and no one can change that. I think that each of us must take a hard look in the mirror and truly come to grips with our true identity.
True identity comes when we truly know who we are. Our identity is composed of many different aspects. One of which is our false self. The false self is rooted in the messages that the world gives us. We feel as if we need to fit into the world’s mold. We must not conform. We need to release the false self.
In my life, I have begun to release my false self by getting closer to God. The more I get to know Him, the more in touch I get with the real me. I am beginning to see how He has wired me. He has a great plan for me. The more I come to understand His love and acceptance then all the falseness passes away. My identity comes from Christ. I am no longer mine. I have been brought with a price. Because of this, I am making an effort to spend more time with Him. I am praying more and studying His word more. By doing this I am beginning to see who I am. It blows my mind that God called my name and wants me to serve Him.
God wants me to be me. He wants me to serve Him out of my giftedness and my uniqueness. He does not want me to serve Him like everyone else. He has a niche in which I am to serve. I can only do this if I put away the false self and be me. If the real “me” is good enough for God, then it is good enough for me.
So how about you? Do you know who you really are? Take some time this week to discover who God made you to be and send the false self that has been weighing you down packing. Just remember God didn’t call us to a life of ease and comfort, but to a life of transformation.