There is no doubt that I have tethered myself to things in order to create my identity. More and more I am coming to the realization that I cannot allow those things to shape who I am even though the pull to do it is very strong.
Our relationships, past experiences and the things we attach ourselves too are a great litmus test for the people we are and who we could become. Let me give you an example…a few years back I was invited to a home where the teenager was struggling to fit into the family dynamic. The parents were at a loss as far as what to do with him. Their son was a good kid with lots of potential…his marks had begun to slip and he began to isolate himself from his family.
What was going on in his life that was causing this dissension? All I needed to do to figure it out was to go into his room. I checked out his music collection, what he was listening to on his ipod, what his favourite sites were on the internet, and the pictures of his friends plastered on the walls.
This guy had tethered himself to destructive influences in his life and in return he was walking down a path of destruction. His self indentity and self worth was wrapped up in the temporary…the things in which he could escape reality.
This may be the Sunday School answer but I believe this to be true..our identity or the question of “who am I?” is fully revealed in a growing and vibrant relationship with God. In 1 John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” The beauty of that verse is that God is answering that question that we have all asked at one point or another.
I know personally that’s all I need for me to attach my worth and self identity to. The Apostle Paul said it like this in Romans 8:38,39….”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.”
My prayer is that we can all find our identity in God’s love…why? Because he created us and he knows us better than we know ourselves. We are God’s beloved…may we never settle for anything less!
Watch this inspiring video of a young woman who has tethered herself to God and the future He has for her rather than her past…