As she sat on the sidewalk bench, tears flowed down her face, and every tear reflected a regret she had in her heart. As she gathered the courage to head home and face herself in the mirror, she recalled the countless times people told her she was changing. She believed the lie that the changes she was making to be accepted by her peers were good, but the people in her inner circle knew they were destroying the young lady she once was. The young girl became a blend of the people she desired to be accepted by. She finally made it home, and as she faced herself in the mirror, she cried out in utter despair, “God where is the girl I thought I once knew?”
C. S. Lewis once said, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
Have you ever asked these questions?
– “Who am I?”
– “What makes me unique”?
– “Why don’t I fit in”?
-“Why can’t I be like him/her”?
Numerous people find themselves asking these questions, but why? We live in a society where we are pressured to be someone we are not. We oftentimes find ourselves comparing ourselves to someone else and begin to adopt characteristics we like about an individual or a group of people. At some point, it seems every attribute or characteristic we adopted creates in us someone God never intended us to be. There are various reasons as to why we are easily persuaded to relinquish our control of our lives and sacrifice our uniqueness to entertain another’s idea of what we “should” be.
Whether this is demonstrated by embracing popular philosophies or adopting the semblance of others, it inhibits our view of who we are and who we will be.
In the core of who we are there is a hole. A hole that can only be filled by God. Yet, in our human nature, we tend to seek elsewhere to fill that hole. From within this void desperately screams “Who am I!”
In the beginning of time, God created men in His image.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”( Genesis 1:27, NIV).
We reflect the image of God. How are we to know what that image portrays if we don’t have a personal relationship with the designer?
Check Your Pulse Moment :
In order to know “who” we are, we must know “whose” we are.
What you may believe about yourself is not nearly compared to who God says you are! The more we seek God, the more we learn about Him and our true selves. Graham Cooke said, ” We need to ask God for a more radiant picture of Him and a more brilliant picture of ourselves”. What I believe about myself articulates to the world what I believe about God.
Who do you believe you are?
If one is to know their identity and who God meant for them to be, we must seek Him. In seeking Him, we fill that hole created only for our Savior, and we begin to learn and embrace the person God meant for us to be.
I challenge you to find a quiet place to open your heart to God about everything you believe about yourself. You may find some of the ideologies you have embraced don’t align with His Word. You may have affiliated yourself with some of the lies the world tells us about our identity, but through open communication with God, you will learn to embrace His truths, rather than the enemy’s lies.
As we surrender what we believe about ourselves and seek to know who God made us to be, only then will we know our true identity.