I find it hilarious when I visit websites like myspace or facebook where these social utility websites asks me to fully describe myself in small section entitled “About Me”. The expectation is that you could answer what (in my opinion) is one of the most difficult questions a person can ask himself/herself…
Who am I?
How do I answer this question? This is an extremely difficult question to wrap my mind around. How do I wrap up my entire existence in a few words? How do I put into words the complexity of an individual human life?
When I look at my life from a distance, I see that I am many things (as one person in my life says, “I wear many hats”). I am a human being. I am a husband to my wife. I am a son to my parents. I am a parent to my two dogs. I am a brother to my sister. I am a friend to those that I call my friends. I am a youth minister for an amazing group of students at the Shannon Oaks Church. I am a sports fan. I am a New York Yankees fan. I am an athlete. I am a musician. I am a leader. I am a follower. I am one who teaches others. I am one who learns from others. And this list could go on and on.
But there has to be something more…something bigger.
As I get older I realize that “adults” often define themselves by their job, career, or how much money they make. If that is true, then I am a youth minister for the Shannon Oaks Church. There has to be more. That cannot be who I truly am.
That cannot be how I define myself because it can be taken away. If it is taken away, then my identity and who I am gets taken away. The same can be said about all those other areas of my life and all the different hats I wear. I love my wife more than life itself. However, if my identity comes through being her husband, that could be taken away, leaving me not knowing who I truly am.
When you put my life under the strongest microscope, at the very center of my life, at the very core of who I am, how I define myself is that I am a son of the most high God and saved by Jesus Christ. I a vessel of the Holy Spirit living on this earth with a mission to know God and to make him known. That identity can never be taken away from me.
That is who I am.
I ask you today to examine your life. Take a minute and seriously ask yourself the question “Who am I?” Where do you find your identity? Can that identity be taken away?