Who Am I?
Do I know my own real identity? My own real destiny? I am a child of God.
-Jim Packer in Knowing God
Growing up I was convinced adults had it easy. I, on the other hand, had some pretty heavy burdens to carry. Confined by the ideas of my peers, I struggled to keep up with and assimilate to an ever-changing standard of cool. But – oh! – to be an adult and bask in the luxury of simply being myself, free from any outside pressures to fit in.
It turns out I was wrong.
As an adult (of sorts), I still find it tragically simple to get hung-up on the world’s definitions of success – all too often defining myself by my job, education, family, friends, performance, knowledge, and skills. Not to mention what I own, how I look, and what everyone else thinks of me.
Keeping Christ as the cornerstone of my identity can be taxing.
It takes constant effort to base my identity on who He is instead of what I do (or don’t do…or can’t do, as the case may be). Yet, I am always awestruck and humbled in the moments I am able to fully embrace the beauty, wonder, and enormity of my adoption. The security truly is sweet.
The good news is, as I’ve gotten older, the frequency of these moments has definitely increased. Despite the struggle, they are slowly melding together to form a lifestyle. And, recently, I have been challenging myself to identify new ways to grip this truth even tighter, traveling further away from aimless attempts at crafting my own identity.
As I continue this pursuit, I wonder what I would say to my middle school self if I could? How would I encourage her? How would I help her see that what the world has to offer is nothing compared to God’s acceptance and grace?
And, surely the burdens haven’t changed much for girls today. If anything, I would suggest they’ve gotten heavier – more oppressive, more perverse. So, as women, and, consequently, as mentors and role-models to girls, how do we actively help them cling to their identity in Christ – basing the totality of their worth on who He is? How do we walk beside them, helping to shoulder the weight of peer-pressure, lifting it up and illuminating a better way to live?
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