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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
- Ephesians 2:10
In our daily lives, we wear many hats all at once: mom, daughter, student, friend, girlfriend, sister, etc. These roles are all important, but shouldn’t dictate our primary identity, which is found only in Christ.
My deepest struggle has been finding my identity in my performance as a student. I spent so much time stressing about my grades, fearful that my teachers would think that any mistake or missed answer was a reflection of me as a failure. It was hard not to compare myself to my friends who seemed to have no trouble maintaining 4.0 GPAs. I felt like I was never smart enough.
After finishing graduate school this past May and currently being in the job market, it is hard for me not to find my value in a job title, tie my reputation to the company I will work at, and find my worth in the salary amount. It’s like I’m grasping at anything to tell me who I am and what my life will look like in the future, but the truth is, there is no true security and safety in anything fleeting.
Isaiah 30:15 says, "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.'"
I think we strive and strive to find ourselves because media and culture tell us that we are supposed to find it in our careers, relationships, and successes. However, this is unsustainable because we will never find our identity in things that are always changing.
How can we be stable on something that is unreliable?
God calls us to trust Him in all the roles He has entrusted us with. We don’t have to worry and stress over our performance as students, daughters, and moms because He delights in us already. He has created us to do good works that He prepared in advance for us to do. To God, we are already a masterpiece, beautiful and precious in His sight.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. - Psalm 139:14 NIV
1. What roles do you believe God has entrusted to you?
2. How can you seek to view your roles differently so that you are not tying your identity to them?
3. In what ways has God showed you that you have already been validated and given an identity in Him?
Father God, thank You that I do not have to strive to find my identity in the people and things around me. Help me to stay steadfast in the identity You have given me. Help me not to look to things outside of you for validation and worth. I want to stand strong in Your love and trust You enough not to worry or stress over my performance and reputation. Thank You for valuing me and including me in Your purpose to carry out good works in all the roles You have entrusted to me. I want to live my life for You. Amen.
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