What is the truest thing about you? What defines you? How do you see yourself? How do you define yourself?
Navigating through life is a never-ending adventure. At times, life sails full steam ahead on calm waters. At others, life resembles a hurricane. It is in these times, and in all times in between, in which we find our true identity and grow internally as an individual.
Today’s society continues to become increasingly defined as the age of opinion. The internet, social media outlets, pop culture, overarching politics, and the often unpleasant nature of humans, singularly and collectively challenge our personal identity. Further, these mainstreamed outside influences often challenge and form the way others define us. Without a doubt, establishing your inner and outer personal identity is an area of our life which is becoming increasingly complex, and increasingly important. If we allow others to create or control our personal identity…they will. If we do not control our personal identity…others will.
Fortunately, we don’t find our identiy in our successes or failures. We don’t find it in our profession or social life. And, we certainly do not find our identity in how other people may choose to define us. The bottom line is, we don’t find an identity, we are given one by God, our creator. It is only through our relationship with Him, and through our relationship with ourselves, that we will find our true identity.
I had the good fortune of hearing a sermon by Pastor Ted Cunningham at Woodland Hills Church in Branson, Missouri on the last Sunday of 2014. It was a timely and spot-on message that will be invaluable to me as I head into 2015 and beyond. I have included a link to the podcast below and I encourage you to take the time to view it. I believe it will be of value to you as well.
What is the truest thing about me? It is what exists in my mind, in my heart, in my soul, and in my creation, period. Now, I encourage you to ask yourself…. What is the truest thing about you?
I wish you and your loved ones the very best of health, happiness, prosperity, and personal identity and growth in 2015! Happy New Year!