Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Necessary Question

Last week I shared a post titled, "Who am I?" and after more reflecting I believe this is a necessary question. Would you agree? I'd love to hear your thoughts!! As I wait to read yours, I will attempt to share mine...

First of all after the comments from last week, I think many of us would agree that this is a common question. At one time or another, we've all had some one ask us this question and many times we've probably formulated it in our own minds as well. So I believe we could say the question is being asked, but is it necessary??

Now this idea of identity has been on my mind quite a bit the last couple of years and even more so these last few months. As I reflect back on these thoughts and the lessons I have learned I can now say the question is not just necessary it really is vital. What makes it vital is where the answer comes from...

I have shared how I found my identity in many different things, roles and people through the years and conversations with and comments left by others prove I am not alone. All too often we look to the wrong person to answer the question or rely on a role (that's eventually going to change) to define who we are. God, the One who created me and you, is the only One who truly knows who I am (and loves me anyway!!) But more about that down the road!

For now, why is the question necessary - until I know who I am, I will never know who I was made to be. Granted I can spend years searching and struggling to find the answer, and there may be times I feel like I've found the answer, but if I rely on anyone or thing other than God to define me the answer can change. As a former math teacher, I know if the answer is correct today the problem will still be right tomorrow, next week and forever!

Friend the same is true with God's definition of who I am (and who you are!) And better news than that is even in those moments when I forget and regress to ways of old, He doesn't change and neither does His love for me!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about why this question, "Who am I?" has been necessary in your life! And I look forward to continuing this discussion next week as I look at one possible answer to the question - "Who am I?" - "Not who I was!!"

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17


  1. I'm in shock at how much we were thinking along the same lines this week. I just posted a vlog on youtube on this very thing and how spending time trying to make a "vision board" was like time alone with God while He told me who He saw in me. Must be the Spirit's lesson-of-the-week :).

  2. Love the blog..before I knew Christ as my Lord and Savior I thought I knew who I was the moment I accepted Him as Lord I found out I don't know who I am..Now that He is living in me I know who I am now and it was none of those things I thought I was..It's so refreshing and a blessing to know who you are when you are in Jesus Christ