There’s a common question that people ask young children – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And usually the child will answer something that deals with a career such as policeman, firefighter, doctor, etc. It seems like a benign question that we all hear, and most of us have answered as a child. But I think that when each of us reach our young adulthood years we begin to really question who we are and why we are here. We want to know our purpose and our identity. Some people can spend their lifetime just trying to figure that question out; and I think that some never do figure it out.
People can define their identity in many different forms. I am a daughter, a woman, a wife, a mother, a blogger, a travelogue writer, a dog lover, a retired professional businesswoman, a professional driver, a friend, a sister, a music lover, a theatre lover, a person who loves to sing, an adventurer, a traveler. All of these things are part of what makes me who I am.
But the biggest part, the central most part, of me is this: I am a Christian. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. For when I became a Christian, the deep void that was at the center of my life became filled and I understood my true identity.
My true identity: I am a deeply flawed follower of the person and teachings of Jesus Christ and His Word. Each and every day I desire to glorify Jesus Christ by knowing, living and sharing His Word, His Love, His Life and His Ways. However, I frequently fall short of living up to God’s example – and, when I do, I pick myself back up, dust myself off, and try again. Thankfully, I can rely on God’s grace to pull me through and make me a better witness.
My deepest desire is God himself. I pray that I reflect all glory to God alone. May my life bring others to God our Father, Jesus our Savior and the Holy Spirit, so that none can suffer eternity apart from God. “…For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
I no longer have to ask the question of what, or who, I want to be. I know who I am: I am a beloved daughter of the Most High King – Jesus Christ. How about you?