When I was in the shower this morning I began thinking about all the ways we identify ourselves when we meet new people. Or perhaps we run into someone who knows another person that we know - so in order to make a connection - we identify ourselves with someone else. Put yourself in my place and think about how you presently identify yourself.
Here's my list:
- I'm Bob's widow
- I'm Becky, Amy and Jeff's Mom
- I'm Justin, Ethan, Drew, Tessa and Jyden's "Mom-Mom"
- I'm JoAnn's High School Friend
- I'm Renée's neighbor
- I'm Terri's friend
- I'm Allison's mentor
- I'm Polly's sister
- I'm Kay and Paul's daughter
- I'm Emma & Hugo's granddaughter
- I'm a Bible study teacher
- I'm a Motivational Speaker
- I'm a Worship Team member
- I'm a singer (harmony only) ;-)
- I'm a sewer
- I'm a photographer
- I'm an athlete (in my dreams and in my past) ha!
Those are just a few names I might use to identify myself presently. Here are some ways that might identify who I was - from my past.
I USED TO BE:
- The Owner of "Sugar Barrel" (for 16 years)
- The Craft lady (as called by some)
- An Antique Dealer
- A Furniture Saleswoman
- A Bridal consultant
- A Paraprofessional Chiropractic Assistant
- An Athlete (see it fits much better in the past) UGH!
- A room mother for my kids
- A coach
- A Stained Glass Artist
- A aspiring novelist
- A runner (I hated every minute of it)
Did you identify with any of those? The truth of the matter is that no matter who I used to be or who I am now - my true identity is found in Jesus Christ alone!
- I am a sinner - saved by God's grace (Ephsians 2:8-9)
- I am forgiven by God through Jesus' shed blood
- I am identified with Christ because I received His gift of new life
- I am no longer condemned (Rom. 8:1)
- I am a child of the King
- I am an heir to God's kingdom and all the benefits thereof
2 Corinthians 5:16-17
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: [emphasis mine]
14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. [emphasis mine]