Thursday, October 13, 2011
Our Core Identity
God does not define us by our roles or by our relationships. He knows us by our hearts, our characters, our in intrinsic enternal selves. Our souls are what identify us to God. We look to our labels; God looks to our core. Labels like child of..., mother of..., wife of..., beautiful woman, teacher, businesswoman, or patient only describe where we have been and not who we are!
We can lose many identities in life, but in the end, our souls remain. We are so much more than our labels. We are more then our beauty or our life's achievements. We are more than any defining relationship. We are more than our image or what we are perceived be. We can lose every drop of perceived specialness and still, soul --- that deep intrinsic, individual identifying specialness ---remains.
God remains as well. Nothing can change that. A shift to internal values away from an external perceptions is sustaining. A woman who cares more for her soul than she does about the labels she has acquired, who is focused on the work of becoming God's friend, has an abiding immutable center.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory -Colossians 3:2-4
We are not to look at ourselves but at Him the author and finisher of our faith.- 1 Hebrews 2:2