Update on Pastor Don: Last week, he underwent a lot of tests. He has another one Tuesday and from there should come the final assessment on strategy. He was still cheerful, but understandably feeling the tiredness and pain. He wound up somewhat tag-teaming on the sermon with a young man in our congregation. Very blessed, wise words on our identity from James 1. Particularly how we identify ourselves and standing firm in that.

Put me in mind of one of my posts from September 2019. Figure since I have gained quite a few friends on here since then, it was worth a reshare in a time when it would be incredibly easy to be tossed to and fro…

When someone asks you what you are, what is your ready answer?

If your career features prominently, you might say,

“Well, I’m a _( fill in the blank with the appropriate work description).

If you are a spouse and/or a parent, it will surely be one of the first things that springs to mind.

If you have a hobby you are particularly passionate about, you could expound on yourself in that area.

Or, in that vein, if you have an accomplishment you are especially proud of, that may top your list.

And if you don’t have any of those things, or even if you do but struggle with the spector of bygone times, you might just label yourself by your failures!

I have some experience there, to say the least. πŸ™‚

But, all that to say, which of us identify ourselves first as His?

Oh, many of us indeed identify ourselves as Christians!

But, is it something deeper than a mere word, something stronger than the rest of those worldly trappings?

Something we go to first?

I can only speak to my own tendencies here, but, when asked, I admit, unless it’s a spiritual conversation to begin with, I don’t always think to identify myself in terms of Christ first.

I can get caught up quite easily in the monikers of this temporal existence with the best of them:

Wife. Mom. Author. Baker. Youth leader.

Not bad things, mind you. Just…things.

But, if we want to go negative with it…

On a particularly tough day, it might be:

Abused. Abandoned. Unable. Screw-up. Filthy Loser.

Allowing the shadows of life- past and present, positive and shameful-to engulf me over the shadow of the cross.

Forgetting the forgiveness therein, the redemption that wipes out what I was, and the truth that dispels every lie the enemy has fed me.

I have said this in previous works in the blogging world, and the echo calls to me still. So… I’ll say it again for friends new and old:

That truth I refer to?

It’s that, in Him, I’m not that girl anymore!

Instead, He has called me chosen.

A royal priesthood.

God’s own possession! (1 Peter 2:9)

When I don’t let that be what I identify as, it leaves me vulnerable to the pointing fingers of the past.

As well as to the world’s generic labels of the present that while a part of me do not encompass the core or begin to describe what’s to be most important.

And, oh, what I miss out on when I neglect my true identity!

It’s like living as a pauper when I am the King’s daughter!

Lord, help me remember my identity in you. Help us all!

Blessings, friends!

Thanks for reading (or re-reading. πŸ™‚) Sending prayers out to each of you and all the hurting places in our world.

18 thoughts on “What Do You Identify As?

  1. Hi Marisa, I recently watched Overcomer. Have you seen it? It is so important to consider who we are in this life. Thank you for making it clear how easily we can go astray from the life He created for us, for Himself. And thank you for the update on your pastor. So many prayers. He hears them all πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes! Oh, my, I love Overcomer! We were just watching it the other day, as a matter of fact. 😊 You are most welcome. Knowing who we are in Him and living in light of that fact can make all the difference. And thank you for the prayers! Don and Deb are so grateful. They can definitely feel them.

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  2. Learning to embrace my identity in Christ freed me from a 12-year eating disorder.
    Have you seen the movie “Twelve Years a Slave”? There was a scene toward the end where a lawyer comes onto the plantation and tells the worker in the field that he’s a free man. The plantation owner was screaming “You can’t take him, he’s my property!” as the free man walked away with the lawyer. The man wasn’t technically freed by the lawyer, he was freed by the truth – he wasn’t a slave and didn’t have to live like one any more. My life was like that when I learned the truth about who I am in Christ and learned to ignore the enemy’s lies.

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  3. You know, it’s funny. My other blog’s title is God’s Kid Speaks, but I totally got lost in the speaking. I became a work-a-holic. I know why. It was because I lost my job years back and poured myself into working for God. Even though I clearly identified myself as His in my blog title I lost sight of just belonging to Him and forgot to enjoy this and life. That’s really why Pippi’s Poetry was born. Even though it is more generic sounding it’s a reminder to go and sow, but to have fun doing it, which includes enjoying belonging to Him.

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    1. Ah, how well I understand! I had to leave teaching several years ago due to physical struggles. It took me a long time to carve out something to be proud of work-wise.I had felt so fumbly at so many jobs prior. So, losing my beloved classroom was really a blow, even though I knew wisdom was saying it was time to go. When I ventured back to my first love, writing, it was both a wonderous and a terrible thing. Wonderous putting words together about the Lord and actually having someone acknowledge them; terrible due to the comparison game I fell for. I have been through sooo many blogging efforts over these past six years. 😏 Even getting a book in print by a real live publisher became less the dream I thought I’d hoped for and more a joy-stealer. Hence, you won’t see me playing the promotion game. I want to do as you said there-enjoy this life and belonging to Him. If sharing something here helps someone else discover His joy, then all the better! Ok, so this is swiftly turning into another blog post. πŸ˜„ Suffice to say, I am glad you started Pippi’s Poetry and you are allowing yourself to enjoy belonging to Him! Blessings to you, Tina! ❀

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      1. It’s comforting to know that we all need some course corrections from time to time. We may not get off course for exactly the same reasons or struggles, but we all have our tough seasons. When I hit mine I kept saying I’ve traded places with one on my bestfriends. This friend had struggled so much. When they finally started to pick up I hit my challenging season. It’s a great lesson. Smooth sailing can quickly turn to troubled waters for all of us. Thanks for the chat Marisa. Don’t be surprised if you see me post something on identity. It’s a thought I need to process.

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      2. Isn’t that the truth! I have had my share of both the smooth sailing and troubled waters. You’re welcome. I appreciate you sharing with me! I look forward to an identity post from you! May the Lord speak to you as you write! 😊

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  4. Finding your identity in Him – this touched deeply for me. When I was younger I would try real hard to do or be something to add value to who I am. God has been so wonderful to me in teaching me to rest in who I am in Him and not seek these measures of merit thrust upon us from around us.
    Blessings πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

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    1. Manu, I am so glad it touched you! I relate so much to what you shared here. I spent a lot of time trying to measure up. It’s wonderful when we learn we don’t have to do that. It is He who makes us worthy through His sacrifice for us! I am so glad you’ve grabbed onto that truth! Blessings to you, too! ❀

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