Be yourself, I was always told.
Although I was already myself, they strive to defeat me.
The self they had in mind, could never be me.
Who was I to judge their idea of me?
Love me, they dare not to.
I just wasn’t right.
To their surprise, I didn’t fit into the box they made for me.
You would have thought they created me.
They didn’t like the me with a vision, a purpose.
They didn’t like the me that was confident.
They didn’t like the me that was a strong, and resilient.
They wanted a vulnerable me, an easy to control me.
They wanted a me that didn’t dare to hope.
They wanted a me even they were never created to become.
A lost cause, a failure, a statistic.
I wrote this many years ago. Everything in my life seemed so chaotic and I didn’t certainty of who I was or what my purpose in life truly was. For a long time, I battled in my mind with who I thought I was and the negative things that were spoken over my life by others. As I studied my Bible I began to realize not only was the negative things spoken to me and over my life by others were wrong but so was I about who I thought I was. Indeed, I was myself. I enjoyed being who I was but I couldn’t be further from who God created me to. How I lived my life and my idea of purpose did not hold true to being created in the image and likeness of my Creator.
When we don’t know who we are other people, things, circumstances, and sin will define us. When we don’t know the source of your identity it will be difficult for us to find contentment and be all God created us for. We will be whatever others say we are instead of who God says we are. The voice of our own flesh will define us, other people’s perceptions and the thoughts of the devil will define the course of our lives when you don’t know the source of our identity. We did not create ourselves so we cannot tell ourselves who we are. We must look to our creator to find our identity and understand our purpose in life. We must find ourselves in the Lord, otherwise, we will be in an endless pursuit to discover ourselves and not allow things and others to define us. When we don’t know who we are we take on other people’s identity and do what others do, failing to become who God created us. It’s easy to live sinfully, allow negative things, people, and circumstances define us, and even set us on a path to destruction.
God created us, a man and a woman, in his own image and likeness; he blessed us and gave us the authority to rule over everything else he created (Genesis 1:27-28). God already spoke who we are into existence. It was his own breath that he breathed into us to make us a living person (Genesis 2:7). God created everything out of nothing with his words then made us in his image AND LIKENESS, that’s powerful. If we have accomplished everything considered great in life but fail to live life in the image and likeness of our creator, we have yet to discover our identity and true greatness. In the end, meaningless things that will pass away will define the life we lived. David knew in his soul that he was fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and he was thankful for that (Psalms 139:13-14). Like David, we must know without a doubt that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God in his image and likeness. Our identity is found in Christ.