Webster’s dictionary defines identity as “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual”. I love that definition because it points to the fact that each person has a distinguishing character or personality. There are several other definitions or ways it is worded, but that one I love because it is individualistic in nature.
In a world where everyone is trying to stand out of the crowd, the only way we seem to pursue this is to either be really weird, or to “fit in”. We see this with the “hipster movement”. It started out as people trying to be individualistic, but most who identify as “hipsters” dress similar, talk similar and act similar in an effort to stand out, they actual just get lost in the noise of what is popular. I’m most certainly not downing those who identify as “hipsters”, I’m thankful for some of the trends and things they have championed, for example, really good quality coffee!! Let’s all pause to say “amen”.
In a world where everything can blur together, here are 3 Reasons to Know YOUR Identity:
1)You can handle constructive criticism.
Most of you have probably never met an insecure person who can handle constructive criticism. One critic and they fall apart. You don’t want to be that person. Constructive criticism is a powerful tool if you use it right. It is the pointing out of weak links in your chain and an opportunity to fix and/or course correct. Recieving constructive criticism doesn’t mean you are weak or that you allow people to walk all over you. It means that you are a powerful person who takes every opportunity to better themselves. The bible says in Psalms
“Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness; and let him reprove me, it shall be as oil upon the head; let not my head refuse it.” Psalm 141:5 ERV
It is wisdom to recieve correction well, but to do that, you need to be solid in who you are and whose you are. Knowing your identity is not based on your works but on God’s word positions you for abundance!
2) You’ll have more confidence.
Insecurity attracts insecurities. You will always attract what you are most aware of. If you are constantly lacking in confidence, it is a sign that there is an issue with your identity. Who made you (God) and why He made you are the building blocks to your identity and the foundation for your walk. It is the lens you look through and if your lens is shrouded with insecurity then you will spend more time and energy looking over your shoulder rather than looking forward into all God has for you. Settle the issues and believe the promises so you can possess the land and fulfill the potential God has created for you! One good way to do this is create an identity statement and declare it over yourself every morning!
3) It will help you find your “why”.
Knowing your why is important for just about any senerio. If I don’t define “why” I want to lose weight or “why” I want to make a certain amount of money, I will never put in the work it takes to acheive those goals. Without your “why”, you are left in the dark. When your “why” is defined, the “how” will follow. Habakkuk 2:2 says:
“And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 ESV
Writing your vision is a lot like writing your “why”. He advises to write it, to make it plain (or clear, concise) so that he who reads it may run. This is great and includes yourself. Writing your vision (your “why”) will allow YOU to run with it. When it is clear and concise it becomes a blueprint for your future, you’ll know what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to.
The reason it will help you find your “why” is because you first start with “who”. The “WHO” is YOU! Defining and discovering the purpose in which you were created is the core of your identity. You are a son, you are a daughter and nothing will change the core statements and beliefs about your identity.
Why were you created? What do you feel your purpose is in life? I encourage you to take some time with God to probe these questions because His answers will change your life! I guarantee it!