Where Does Your Identity Lie to You?

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I have been lied to by my identity because I have at time chosen to think I am something different than what I am. Over the last few months I have been refining my dreams and goals in life and trying to figure out who and what I want to do with my life. I am still pursuing my Mdiv, but I also feel (usually) compelled more often than not to write about life and the things surrounding it.
I know I haven’t been as active as some of you may have remembered me being posting everyday for two months straight (December and January). For that I do apologize. I guess I kinda got burnt out a little. I have been unsure of what to write about and struggling pretty severely with my fibromyalgia. The Lord knows how much I hate this syndrome/disease I classify it this way because most doctors will call it a syndrome while most of us patients think of it as a disease.
Things have been so bad here on my part, I have not been able to stay on top of my school work the way I normally would which has resulted in me having to take a course over. This is not something I am proud of because I have always held in high regard how well I was doing in school. Almost to the point to where I was finding my identity in it.
Finding my identity in something other than Christ is not a good thing and he has helped me to see that through this situation. While it may be a little out of context I think of the words of Paul in Phil 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Meaning to me right now,as long as I live I should be found in Christ and totally as his, and by being such my identity show be found in Him. It is easy to run to other things especially for men, we tend to run to our work, or our families, or sometimes even our hobbies to find our identity.
Former pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle Mark Driscoll wrote a good book based on a sermon series or it was vice versa about, “Who do you think you are?” based on the book of Ephesians.  It would be my hope you would learn to find out who you are not based on your circumstances or on your work, but your true identity. Who you are truly meant to be. If you do not know Jesus Christ this is a great opportunity to surrender your life over to him and begin to learn who you truly were meant to be. If you are already in Christ and struggling with your identity I highly recommend the book mentioned earlier to you or to the podcast series if you can find it.
Knowing you belong to God is a daunting thing to consider. It is however a great comfort to know the God of the universe loves and cares for you and you are HIs child. We receive the great blessings of being His child, which does not end just at receiving his love. If you would like to talk more about finding out about God and his love please contact me through whatever means is most comfortable for you. You can reach me through the contact form on the site, the comments section, Facebook.com/pmhorne, twitter @pmhorne. I am willing to talk with you. Thanks for taking the time to read this today. If you have enjoyed it would you mind sharing with your friends or maybe signing up for my newsletter? I would really appreciate it.
God Bless,
Paul
 
Question: Where do you most often find your identity? 

5 Comments

  1. Simpli Serri

    I have struggled with the identity issue as well. Enjoyed this article very much, and I am going to see if I can find the book you suggested. I think saying “this is WHO I am” rather than “this is WHAT I am” to ourselves helps keep us focused on our self-identity, the important identity, the inner one. A personal experience showed me how intently my “outward” identity had taken over my life. I had put “Terri” on the backburner for a very long time, staying busy with job/family responsibilities. One day the world as I knew it stopped. I was no longer able to be everyone’s answer, I could no longer work, and it caused me a great deal of stress on top of the problem itself. If I was not “on call” 24/7 to life, who was I? I am grateful to say (thank you Lord & Faith) I do know the answer. That personal experience? It happened 12 years ago, and the ripples are still rippling :) But I am a happy person now. Thank you for he opportunity to respond, and for the inspiration! Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. (PS..I also have fibro and a few other issues, I understand how it can be)

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    1. pmhorneadmin (Post author)

      Terri, thank you for taking the time to respond. I appreciate that. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for about 3 years now, maybe a little less. I think i have had it longer but it was not a severe and kept under control with the meds i was taking for different issues.

      I believe I made the book title link able so you should be able to click on it to find the book. I am glad you have found a place where you know who you are and no longer base it off of what you do. God Bless,

      Paul

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      1. Simpli Serri

        I just now saw this response, thank you. I am still finding my around here, and with my other sites as well. I am hoping to get better, it is definitely a one day at a time thing. Like you, I believe I had fibromyalgia prior to my diagnosis which was in 2003, following a fall down some steps in Nov. 2002. I did find the link to the book. Much appreciated. Blessings, Terri

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  2. timewithtandy

    It’s good to see you here again Paul. Welcome back, you’ve been missed.
    Tandy

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    1. pmhorneadmin (Post author)

      Thank you Tandy. I have done several different posts since coming over to the new site. It took me a while to figure out how to transfer u guys (my followers) over to my self hostd site. Glad u are back with me and u enjoyed it. God bless, Pail

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