I have one eye that is used a lot but I cannot see. What am I?
You see me where I never was…and really can never be. What am I?
If you say my name, I disappear. What am I?
If I drink I die, if I eat I’m fine. What am I?
Riddles are kind of fun, aren’t they? If you want the answers, join the Six-Days to Abundance journey and let me know about it. I’ll send the answers on!
But did you ever consider that each of us is a bit of riddle? We spend much of our lives trying to answer that question, who am I? It is a critical question because it is the foundation of our lives.
Whether we know it or not, we make our decisions based on what we believe gives us worth. We choose our actions, our friends, even life-time pursuits based on what we feel gives us ‘value.’ In fact, who we understand ourselves to be is a life & death matter. The heartbreaking reality is that over 44,000 people commit suicide every year…and that’s the reported suicides. Life is difficult. Without understanding the value of this life we have, we end up assigning value to parts of life. Those parts will not hold up to the rigors of life. Identity rooted in the Giver of Life grows stronger as the years progress. It is the only foundation for life. So, how do you define yourself…do you even know?
Write an advertisement for yourself.
What would someone need to know to know you?.
What do you come up with?
Wife. Athlete. Or maybe disabled. Mom. Divorced. German or Italian. Teacher. Pet owner. Couch potato. High School drop-out or PhD candidate. So & So’s child…or parent. A Christian, a Muslim. Jewish. Homosexual. Prisoner. Addict. Pastor. Winner. Loser.
All of those are important but anyone of those things can change (even ethnic heritages are sometimes not what we thought). When things change, you will still be you. So ‘who are you?’
We are each a riddle…until we go to the One who created us.
You (God) made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
God is the Giver of Life. As Paul said to the Romans, in Him we live and move and exist. The only way to know who we are is to go to Him. God has given us life to search out the answer to the question of identity. He calls to us throughout life and sent Jesus to open the way for us. The choice to go to Him is ours. What often drives us to Him are the disappointments that comes with a faulty understanding of self.
- If I am what I achieve, what happens when I fail? My identity…my sense of self bottoms out.
- Or what if I achieve great things…think of the celebrities who have ended their own lives or whose lives are stolen by addictions….and still can’t find fulfillment? The praise of others is not life-giving.
- If I build my life on my children…or a spouse…and their quest takes them from me, what is my foundation?
- Or if my identity has been in my job and my company closes, how do I face the rejection that comes with job-hunting?
- What if I made one bad choice that haunts me for decades? Is that the sum of who I am?
No! The stuff of life is where we live out who we are…it is not supposed to make us who we are!
We find out identity by going to the maker. We recognize that in other realms of life. Take a look at this picture. What is it for? You can click the picture to find out but thepoint is we go to the creator (or one who has experience) to find out purpose.
With the precious gift of life, why would we not do the same!? We want to be the masters of our fate, but the ways that seem right to us often create havoc. Jesus came that we might have abundant life! Listen to who the Master says you are…and then live with awe for His love and the masterpiece He has wrought in you. Give yourself to the world and to revealing Him. You will be blessed and so will the world!
There are countless resources aimed to help Christians embrace the identity that comes with faith in Jesus. This is one.
Living out this identity is a life-time challenge that requires us to stay connected to God and others. It gives us a foundation for living.
All that we search for is found in Jesus. Let Him Love You!