What defines you? Is it your athletic abilities? Is it your job? Is it your grades? Is it your social status? Is it your relationship? We all have different things that we identify ourselves with, or use to define us. But have we truly asked ourselves if that is the TRUE us?
If you define yourself as the athlete, what happens when you miss that shot or lose the game? If you define yourself based on your job position, what happens when you get let go or your position changes? If you define yourself based on grades, what happens when you don’t get the marks you wanted or don’t get accepted into a school program? If you define yourself based on your relationship and significant other, what happens if you break-up? The problem with putting our identity to worldly things is that they are finite and constantly changing. Each time we need to change our identity to have it match what society has changed it to. I don’t know about you, but eventually I would feel EXHAUSTED! Having to wake-up and put on a new mask everyday, it comes to a point where you look at yourself and just feel completely lost.
Many people lose themselves because of this. They feel that if they become something of the world, they will become themselves. That is the biggest lie that we have been fed by society. The only way we will find out true selves…is when we place our identity in Christ. St.Paul reminds us in Galatians that “…it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20). He is the one who is our true identity.
Now one might ask, “well won’t I lose myself completely if I give my entire life to Christ and become closer to Him? Won’t my identity be taken over by religion?” It’s a common misconception that we have, and it is yet again another lie. God is the one who created us and KNOWS us. In Jeremiah He reminds us that, “before I formed you in the womb I KNEW you…” (Jeremiah 1:5). He knows us better than we know ourselves, who better to go to in order to truly find ourselves.
The main difference about finding our identity in Christ instead of the world is that God is INFINITE! We are and always will be His son or daughter. That will never change no matter how many times the world changes. We don’t have to put on a different mask with God because we will truly be ourselves. We won’t have to pretend or constantly live up to a certain status, because we will be living out our truest nature in God.
The closer we are to God, the closer we are to ourselves.
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