Remembering who you are

Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Identity | 0 comments

crossroads_detailaaaaIt came suddenly, as is often the case, the news that my father had died.  Without warning suddenly life changed.  In the midst of the shock and the trauma my head needed, naturally, to reorientate.

They come, moments like this in life, moments that stop us in our tracks, moments that make us reassess, moments that cause us to think about who we are. So much of life is made up of the roles that we play: daughter, wife, mother, friend and so many more.  Often these roles seem to define us. When we meet new people a standard question is “what do you do?”  The question implies that the role we have in life somehow defines who we are. So when life affects those roles it is easy to lose a sense of who we are.  It can make life feel unstable and transient but the reality is that we can be firmly anchored and secure in who we are.  For me, remembering who I am means remembering that I am loved by God the creator of all things –

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

This love is secure and comes from a God who doesn’t change –

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

It’s a love that gives me hope for now and the future –

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The great thing about this hope is that it lasts –

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5

This week I am grateful that I can remember who I am and that who I am is safe in Him.