Who Do You Think You Are? Have you ever sat down and really answered that question? The answer is more important than you may realize because decisions you make every day are based on who you think you are and how you derive your worth. In order to live a life of purpose, fulfillment and joy you have to know who you are and remind yourself daily of your identity. I don’t know if you experience this, but when I find myself unsettled, anxious, or driven I can usually trace it back to not being grounded in who I am but rather responding to what the world or others say I should be. A clear identity statement is crucial to to live an intentional life with clarity resulting in greater effectiveness and peace.
So let’s get started. First, a good identity statement has two sides to it. The first side is who does God say that you are and the second is how you are wired or put together. We’ll start this month with exploring what God says about you and next month we’ll explore how to uncover how you’ve been put together.
Do you know that God loves you? You probably respond, “Of course He does, He loves everybody right?” But did you ever consider all that it means to be loved by God? If you have, have you written this down? Do you review it daily so that you can be grounded in this truth? Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” I don’t know about you but I am constantly finding that I have to monitor what I’m thinking about as it is easy to forget just who I am and whose I am.
So here are the facts about God’s love. First, His love is unconditional. That means you don’t have to earn it or try to make Him love you, rather He pursues you and desires a personal relationship based totally on His grace. Second, it means you are adopted as His child. Adoption is a powerful picture and even more so for me. My wife and I are privileged to have adopted a daughter, whom we named Grace, from China 12 years ago. She is a teenager now so she tells me, she adopted us!
What being adopted means is that we are safe, secure and totally provided for by God. He calls Himself our Father and calls us His children. Our identity is secure in what God says about us, not what others say, not our past, not our accomplishments or failures. Just like my daughter Grace can rest peacefully knowing she is loved unconditionally, so you and I can rest peacefully in God’s unconditional love.
Once you create an identity statement it is important to review it daily until it becomes how you think of yourself. Here is an example from my own identity statement:
- I am loved unconditionally by God who is my Father and he pursues a real relationship with me.
- I am adopted and provided for by my loving heavenly Father.
- I am save and secure because he is all powerful and is always with me.
This is just a sample of what I review daily in order to remind myself who I am. If you are interested in getting a copy of a full identity statement just email me and I’ll be happy to send it to you. The important thing is that it is personal and real to you. Remember what Jesus said, ‘You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”.
If this has resonated with you feel free to post a comment in the blog or on Facebook. I love to get feedback and hear from you! If you would like more information on how you can create a personal identity statement please email and indicate “Identity Statement” on the subject line and I’ll send you an exercise on how to do this for yourself.