In the past, I have defined myself based on roles, performance, failures, what other people think. I have used words such as:
- (Insert Job Title Here)
However, the more I study the Bible, the more I learn that I am not defined by what I do, what I have done, what I am going to do. I am not defined by my failures and mistakes. I am not defined by my job. So, who am I?
I am Righteous, Holy, Loved, Complete, Perfect, Acceptable, Blameless, Loving, Joyful, Peaceful, Patient, Kind, Good, Gentle, Faithful. Further, I am Redeemed, Forgiven, Covered in Grace. (See: Ephesians, Romans, Colossians, Corinthians, Hebrews, Galatians)
I am not all these on my own. No one could be. I am a Child of God, with my identity defined by the one who made me. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives within me, and by continually surrendering and renewing my mind I rely on the Spirit to transform me.
When I am consumed with doubt, self-condemnation, the cycle of my mistakes playing on repeat in my mind, loneliness, or brokenness, I reflect on who I am, who I am called to be and realign my thoughts with what God says about me. There is an indescribable peace that accompanies the knowledge that the truth about me is always what God says--not what anyone else says, not what I think, but what God says.
In His Love,