Who am I? To be able to answer this question is deciding the rest of your life.
Only when you know who you are you can discover your purpose.
Who defines you? Who gives you meaning? Is it your possession? Your position?
If you know who you are, you can weather storms in life. While your foundation might be shaken, it will not crash. Your worth is not dependant on circumstances but on the one who loves you unconditionally.
Who tries to define you?
- Opinions of other people
From being born until today, people have an opinion about you. Some are positive, some are very negative. Sometimes you are judged by your looks, gender, position, possession etc. The world defines you if you let them.
2. Pain and hurt
Going through life, we experience hurt and painful experiences. Maybe a teacher says you are not good enough. Or that girls do not do such things. We are put into boxes and it can be so hurtful.
3. Your own thoughts
Growing up with in the circumstances I experience, I collect thoughts in my head. Some are positive, some are very judgemental. Some are inspiring, others tempting and others just stupid.
Who do you listen to? All three?
You become who you believe you are. Pain can turn into shame. You start to feel insecure, neglected and put on a mask. You start blaming yourself or others. Maybe also God.
But God sees you differently. He also speaks differently.
Jesus never wondered who he is. He knew with total security: He is the way, the truth, the life. If we start following him, we can base our identity on him as the stable factor in life.
How do I know that God sees me as valuable?
- Because the one who I belong to defines my worth
- Because God was willing to pay the highest prize for me
How does he see me?
1 Peter 2:9-10
#chosen, #royal, #holy, #belonging, #receiving mercy
God loves me not because, but in spite of me. He rather chose to die then to live without me.
Who do I believe?
My English teacher told my mum, when we were twins (I am the second one) and about 11 years old, “these twins are stupid. They should attend a school for special needs. They will never achieve anything.”
My parents, though really shocked by that statement, decided not to believe in him and not accept such limitations. Only God should define what we can or cannot do.
I wish I would have been able to meet my English teacher one of these days and tell him: YOU ARE WRONG!
To know who you are then helps you discover what you were made for. There will be situations hurting you in the future, but your identity does not need to be shaken. I am a child of God and this counts above everything else. I am a child of the King of Kings, a princess with a mandate to build His Kingdom.
Hans-Joachim Eckstein once said: “If we for one second only would look at ourselves with the loving eyes of God, all our doubts and insecurities would disappear for eternity.”
These are some of the thoughts I shared at a German student´s conference on 5 December 2020.
It was organised by Campus for Christ/CRU and it was such a privilege thinking through this topic and be grateful to God who he made me to be.