If someone was to ask you “who are you” how do you normally respond? Some of us might start describing what we do for a living, or what we are good at, or maybe what stage we are in life. Other times we may lean towards the opposite. We think of answers that tell us what we are not, or where are we lacking or struggling. Notice these two words that we focus on are “what” and “where”. Now notice again how the original question wasn’t “what am I” or “where am I”, but rather “WHO am I”. Seems like a very minor difference, but it makes a world of a difference when it comes to how we truly view ourselves and what we define ourselves as.
When we bring our focus to the “what” and the “where”, we place our identity in things that we can do or places we can go. A lot of times it becomes aspects that we, to a certain degree, have control over and can change if we want to. Here is the kicker with that…change. The “what” and “where” are not identities that are stable and constant. We may not always be in the same job for the rest of our lives, or be in the same stage, or possess strength in the same talents always. As we grow, our “what” and our “where” changes. We notice those changes and the minute we feel like we are losing control over them, we feel like we are losing who we are, or that we are becoming less of a person because we can no longer control what we place our identity with.
What it ultimately comes down to in the end, is not just WHO we are…but WHO’S we are. We are God’s, and in turn that is where we find our “who”. When we were baptized we received God’s name, just like we received our last name when we were born. We carry that name forever, and it is one that will never change. It is stamped in our hearts for all eternity, and it brings with it an identity that is constant and unchanging. A beloved child of God. As cliché as it sounds, it has more power and meaning than we give it credit for. Many times we brush it off as a cute statement or a heart warming thing to say, but we don’t take the time to truly unwrap what carrying that name and that identity actually means.
Our worth, our value, our identity doesn’t come from what we do or where we go. It comes from who we are…but most importantly Who’s we are. It is something that will never change in us, even if everything else in our life does. Whether we are on top of the world, or in the lowest rut, we are still that same beloved child of God. That is where we find our purpose and our meaning. That is where we find all our answers to those deep questions that haunt our thoughts. When we pray the Our Father we pray “Hallowed be Thy Name”, but that isn’t us asking God to glorify His name. That is a reminder for us to remember the name that we bear and the glory and power that comes with it.
Remember Who’s you are, and Who’s name you bear…and that will lead you to see WHO you are.
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