This is possibly one of those questions in life that we ask of ourselves, as much as, we hear others ask us. This question is one of those that when others ask it, the answer is simple. We give them our name, maybe who our spouse is or possibly where we work. Our answer usually depends on what we identify with or on the environment we are in. Mostly a superficial response; nothing meaningful. But when asking ourselves this question, most of us really don’t know how to answer it…what we do know is we are looking for a meaningful answer. So, in asking yourself “Who am I?”, is your answer meaningful? Or has it been distorted throughout your life by others or maybe even yourself?
This is a question that I struggled with throughout a lot of my life due to being born to a teenage, 16-year-old, mom. Now this wasn’t something I realized and dealt with until I was 11 years old. A family friend asked me if I had ever done the math from when my parents got married and when I was born. Well, I hadn’t up until that point but when she brought it to light, my perspective of me changed. I was loved, cared for, but that didn’t help me know who I am? I began to wonder… “am I an accident” …”since I wasn’t ‘planned’ do I have a purpose?” …”am I really wanted?” This gripped me for a long time and although this was how I felt about who I was, no one around me knew it. I was truly afraid that their perspective would confirm how I would answer this question myself. “I’m a mistake…I’m an accident.” It wasn’t until I came across Ephesians 2:10 that I realized truly “Who I Am!” For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. I now know I am God’s creation, I am His masterpiece, I am created for a reason! No longer an accident!
So, I woke-up to realizing that only the creator of something can state what it is. To illustrate this to some others, I had my son, who was four at the time, draw a turtle. Now this looked nothing like a turtle but to my son, the “creator” there was no telling him any different. Same goes for you and me with God as our creator. No matter what anyone else says about you or maybe you’ve even said about yourself, you are exactly who God created you to be. As we have been deceived in knowing who we are, we drift away from that purpose. But that’s our doing, not God’s. Who He created us to be is still the same and He’s just hoping we will take a chance and see ourselves through His, our Creator, eyes and not through others or our own any longer.
So...Who are you?