Are we in danger of losing our identity? Who are we really? If we were going to talk over coffee and I were to ask you, “Who or what defines you?” could you give me a satisfactory answer. Could I give one? It is something only we can do; not our friends, employers, spouses, or parents. It is a question of the heart.
As we become involved in our efforts to communicate with others on the internet, we are called to prepare a profile. It’s something to think about seriously. We generally offer information about our school, our life works, our interests, or possibly suggest more personal family history: Most of which is calculated to engage others as friends. Unfortunately, is it not often about the “core” us; our true identity.
When I look at my statements, I wonder if I don’t need to be spanked, it is so full of me.
David’s identity was not as King, nor in his established kingdom – nor as a poet, father, husband, musician, or even psalmist or worshiper, No, he found his identity based upon God Himself, secure in the bosom of His loving Shepherd.
Our identity becomes conflicted if it is based upon our associations or our competence. If we, for instance, are focused upon where we belong – the club, a prestigious group or a church; we may well experience conflict with our true self. If we have built our identity on these things, what happens if they are removed? Will we be hollow without them?
The same is true if we build our identity on our competence; we can cook, sell things, speak and write, or even raise a Godly family. This suggests that we might be highly competitive. When these areas of success slip away, as they often do, we may well lose our identity.
On our next visit to a nursing home, examine the eyes of those there. While many are happy and content, others appear to be lost and hollow as their identity has been stripped away. Ours has to be built upon something unchanging; something solid.
David knew his true self. He reveals it in this Psalm 131;
“My heart is not proud, O Lord,
My eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great
matters or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
My next chore is this; review all of the umpteen references as to how I characterize myself, so that it be clearly known that my heart, my inner self speaks to one thing; I am a child of God, which surpasses all in defining me.
No one, no circumstance, can steal that identity.