“For most who live and breathe
Hell is never knowing who they are now
Tell me who you are now”
– Anberlin, “A Whisper & A Clamor”
Coffee lover. Charlotte native. Actor. Failed actor. Writer. Sports addict. Recruiter. Nerd. Star Wars junkie. These are just a few of the titles that I attribute to myself. These are definitely all a part of my story, but they’re not my true identity. Yet, if I’m being honest, living in my true identity has been an incredibly difficult challenge throughout my life. I’m hard on myself and I often like to label my life with something that makes me feel better about who I am and who I’m becoming.
We live in a world that is incredibly hard on human identity, whether it be body image, self-worth, perceived “success”, and idolizing other fallen mortals.
Do you know who you are? Is it possible that you’ve lost yourself amidst all of the clamor in your life? If you’re like me, it’s hard accepting that you don’t have to meet the expectations of others to be valuable. It’s hard accepting that our identity isn’t wrapped-up in what others say about us or what we do. We have been brainwashed to believe that we need to be accepted, cool, and celebrated to matter in this world.
I have come to believe what I simply know to be true within the depths of my heart:
We are created to know God, to love God, to be known by God, to be loved by God, and to love others. All the other noise can be cute and fluffy, but it’s not who we were created to be.
Identity has been replaced with a grand masquerade. Instead of resting in the fact that we are created uniquely, designed in love, we are deceiving ourselves when we look into the mirror. Instead of seeing our true selves (a being created in the image of God), we see the person the world says won’t measure up, will never be pretty enough, will never fit in, will always fail, and will never be loved.
Those people you see on TV don’t have it all-together. They may look perfect, but they’re broken just the same as you.
In a world that tells you that you’re never good enough, God says otherwise. The death of Jesus screams of the love of God. Whenever someone asks you who you are, remember: you are made in God’s image, not the image of other human beings.