Who am I?
That is the ultimate question that people throughout the ages have been asking. What is it that makes me the person that I am? Is it my family? Is it my accomplishments? Is it my chemical or genetic make-up?
I recently filled out some “about me” forms that made me really pause and consider who I am. Here’s what I learned about myself: I am a single Caucasian female between 21 and 29 years old who is about to start her journey as a career woman. I don’t know my blood type (what if that’s the key to who we are?!?). The only known allergy I have is to penicillin. I have dirty dishwater brown hair and brown eyes. When wearing my favorite 3 inch heels, I am 5 feet 7 inches tall. My weight is… as if! I am in reasonably good health. While I love to walk and hike, seeking out opportunities to exercise hardcore isn’t my first choice. I am up to date on all my immunizations. I haven’t ever broken a bone (knock on wood!). The biggest surgery I’ve had was wisdom teeth removal (I’m not going to make any “wise-cracks” about that). I have very poor vision- it is bad enough that even though I am classified as near-sighted, I can’t see well far away or close up.
With such average, generic results, those boxes that I checked or blanks that I filled in could apply to anyone. Aside from a few things like age, height, or weight, I know at least a handful of friends off the top of my head whose results would be nearly identical. That felt rather depressing. Obviously, there’s more than just superficial me, right?
I tried to think about how I would tell someone who didn’t really know me about myself, aside from some of the general information I listed above. I come from a large family that I love very much. I love to play the piano, flute, piccolo, and oboe, which I have studied since I was very young. I’m a figure skater- not Olympic good, but good enough to impress my friends! Other than music and skating, I’m probably one of the most uncoordinated people alive. My favorite colors are purple, blue, and green (in that order). I would totally classify reading as my ultimate favorite hobby. I’m a sucker for a good love story, but it definitely has to have a little bit of action and adventure mixed in. I can quote my way through the old Star Wars trilogy (the only good ones), Pride and Prejudice (the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth version, of course), and sections of The Lord of the Rings movies. I love action movies (almost anything Marvel/superhero!), but when I need a movie that make me feel inspired, I, strangely enough, go for a sports movie. I’m a hands-on learner- I love learning about new things, but getting to try them or do them is the best! I would describe myself as kind, compassionate, loyal to my family and friends to a fault, and just a little short tempered. Deep down, I am also determined, stubborn, and competitive- if you tell me it can’t be done, I will work harder than ever to show you that it can. I’m completely OCD about some things, but totally carefree about others. Procrastination is my biggest vice (I probably should be doing something other than blogging right now…). While these are things about me, reflecting on them made what I thought made me ME seem trivial- some of those could also apply to anyone! So, I dug a little deeper.
I am a Christian, a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. I trusted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior when I was around 6 or so years old. I try to attend church regularly, but I must confess, uprooting and moving around over the past few years has made it difficult to find a church “home.” I honestly don’t know what denomination I could classify myself as. “Bible” is probably the closest since I believe in what the Bible, as the true Word of God, says as the final authority of who God wants me to be in Him. So, I dug into that truth to learn/relearn these things about who I am. (Take the time to read the verses- it’s totally worth it!)
Who am I in Christ?
I am a daughter of the King of Kings (John 1:12, Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:5)!
I am a sinner, but now, through Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice of death on a cross, burial in a borrowed tomb, and miraculous resurrection three days later, I am completely forgiven and sanctified though my profession of faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my ONLY source of salvation (Romans 5:8, Romans 8:1; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 1:7-8; Ephesians 2:8-9)!
I am a new person in Christ, the old sinner is gone (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20: Philippians 1:6)!
I am Heaven-bound because this world is no longer my final home (Philippians 3:20)!
I have The Holy Spirit, who is greater than any power in this world, living inside of me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 John 4:4)!
I am chosen– before time as we know it began, God chose me (John 15:16; 1 Peter 2:9-10)!
I am loved by the Creator of the universe– He knows my name (Isaiah 43:1; John 3:16)!
I am called to serve God and share the love of Christ and bear witness to His testimony to everyone around me (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 2:10)!
I am a part of something much bigger than myself (1 Corinthians 12:27)!
I am called friend by Jesus Christ (John 15:15)!
I do not have to be afraid (Ephesians 6:11; Philippians 4:13; Philippians 4:19; Colossians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 13:5)!
I am able to communicate with the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the Great I AM and He cares about ME (Ephesians 2:18; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 5:14-15)!
I like that picture of who I am. Even though I have never liked to be defined by labels, those are some I am proud to claim! If there where checkboxes next to those, I would be making my checkmarks in very sparkly ink with as much flourish as I could give them! In a society where any talk about those “taboo topics”, especially religion, is hushed up, I think that it is time to step outside of those little checkboxes that are meant to generically define us, categorize us, and put us into “safe” little groups where we are supposed to stay!! Those of us who are in Christ need to take a stand and break down the walls that we feel we have to hide behind! “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline!” (2 Timothy 1:7) It’s time to leave the comfort of the conformity of a checkbox society and start unashamedly living out the reality of who we are in Christ!!
“What then shall we say to these things? IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO IS AGAINST US? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?!? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” BUT IN ALL THESE THINGS WE OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US!!! For I am CONVINCED that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, NOR ANY OTHER CREATED THING, will be able to separate us from THE LOVE OF GOD, WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!!!” (Romans 8:31-39, bolding, italics, and exclamation marks added for emphasis)
It’s time to get UNBOXED!