Monday, March 24, 2014

How to Discover Who You Are


What is it that defines you? Gives you worth? Or puts a stamp on who you are?

Typically, we define each other by what we do.

If you write, you’re a writer.
If you run, you’re a runner.
If you nurse people, you’re a nurse.
If you mother, you’re a mom.

But what happens if those things change?

You grow old, and you no longer write.
You get sick, and you no longer run.
You retire, and you no longer practice nursing.
Your children grow, and you no longer mother.

Who are you then?

Thankfully, who you and I most deeply are has nothing to do with what we do, but with Who He is.

Ruthie Delk, author of Craving Grace (and stay tuned next week for a free book giveaway!) gives this helpful chart:

God is . . .
Therefore I am . . .
Redeemer
Redeemed
Protector
Safe
Ruler
Under His control
Comforter
Peaceful
Sustainer
Hopeful
The One Who Sees
Known
Provider
Cared for
Lover
Loved


We can apply this to so many attributes of God.

Because He is Forgiver, we are forgiven.
Because He is Healer, we are being healed.
Because He is . . . on and on and on . . .

He delights to BE for us.

He is . . ., so that we can be . . .

Then, when we discover we are redeemed, safe, peaceful, loved, forgiven . . . and ONLY then . . . we can offer peace, forgiveness, love, and all the rest to others.

The best way to discover who you are, is to study Who God is—especially Who He is in relation to you.

These truths will never change—no matter how old, how sick, how different life becomes for you.

You are, based on who HE is for you.

Always.


2 comments:

  1. This is so true. When it came into my inbox, I thought, I'm a wife/mom on a farm who writes for children. But you're right. Really, I'm all those things on the chart. Redeemed, protected, ruled, comforted, etc. And it's ALL because of who He is. :-)

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    1. I'm comforted all over again hearing your summary! These are wonderful truths! Thank you, Robyn.

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