Finding My Identity: Part 2 of 3

In my last post, I wrote about finding my identity based on my stuff. It was a large shift for me to realize that my things don’t matter when compared to Christ. Another pitfall I fell into was finding my identity based on what I had done with my life.

This worked very well for me when my life was going well. Every November I write a 50,000 word novel. I used to look to this event as part of my identity. I used to define myself in my other accomplishments too. When my performance review at work was good, I felt like a successful human being.

The problem with finding our identity in our accomplishments comes when we fail. That failure becomes a part of us. I struggled with this a lot in college. I flunked classes and failed out. This event became a part of who I was: I saw myself as a failure. And since I was a failure, I felt like I didn’t deserve to live.

I was letting the things I did define who I was, and it was very destructive. Can you imagine if Paul would have found his identity in killing Christians, or if Peter found his identity in denying Christ? If these events were what defined these people, they never would have allowed themselves to be used by Christ.

It was a hard transition for me to see that I was not what I had done, or not done. Our actions determine where we are in life, but it does not define who we are. Our identity needs to be found within Christ alone.

This is something that is a lot easier said than done. In my next post I will be looking at different strategies that can be done to find our worth not in our actions, but in our God. It’s not what we’ve done that defines us, but who we are.

Question: Are you finding your identity in what you’ve done? How can you let go of this?

–Derek Hanisch


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