Why must we always fight about identity? Identity is the topic of 2015 and seems to be the topic that will continue on into 2016 and for many years to come with multiple debates and stories in the media and in our day to day grind.
Some of us are Latino, others are female and few are 5’11” which could be considered someone’s identity. Another person can be gay, male, and African-American. That example can also be considered as someone’s identity. Ask yourself, is that what you want to be known for? Is that the identity that you want?
Is that the ONLY thing you want to be known for?
Ask yourself, is that really what you want to be known for? Is that the identity that you want?
Is that the identity that you want?
Your identity could instead come from your actions and words. Right now, you may be known as a liar or thief.
You may be identified as a lazy man, a pessimistic woman, or a bad student. our actions speak louder than words. Our actions speak louder than our sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, gender, or whatever identifiers others want to use.
Wouldn’t you rather be identified by your actions than those other identifiers listed?
It’s up to us to show others how we want to be identified. Personally, I want to be identified as a great person. I want to be known as a leader and someone who has an eye for detail. I want to be remembered by my coworkers as someone who was diligent in perfecting operations, and design.
I want my family to know that I loved them and that I love my husband. I want them to know that I will do my best to be a good wife and eventually a great mother.
More importantly, than I previously stated, I want to prove to myself that I am smart, that I can learn a new language (Japanese) and that I can kickbox, and fight. I want to prove to myself that I can do algebra and play the saxophone. I want to prove to myself that I am a great businesswoman and that I am diligent, hard-working, and absolutely free to be myself.
I don’t want to be identified as a Millennial, Hispanic, woman. I want to be known for the things I listed above.
While I want that for myself I got to also do the same for others. A man that is gay shouldn’t be judged as someone that is mentally unstable. A woman who is OVERWEIGHT doesn’t need to be identified that she is unhappy, and a religious man doesn’t identify as being perfect. The list of examples can go on and on.
I should also not judge others by their physical selves and identify them with stereotypical assumptions at all. I wouldn’t like that for myself.
Lastly, I do want to be remembered for how I recognized my identity in Christ and stood by it.
As believers, we are righteous through the Son of Daddy God. Jesus is our identity. When we choose another identity we make stupid decisions and focus on ourselves (which always ends horribly) instead of having a focus on Jesus our good friend and savior.
Daddy God doesn’t judge you by your skin color or sexuality. He judges your heart and by believing in Christ we have the grace of Daddy God upon us and we can live knowing that we are perfect in His eyes and He loves us because of His Son.
Remember your identity, do not let it go. Repeat, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ” all the time and watch your actions change before your eyes.
What do you want to be identified as? Think about it? What do you think people identify you as? It’s not about what people think about you, it’s about how you’re going to be remembered as by your peers, family, and partner.
What about you are you leaving behind?