Recently, I was attending the FAMconference at Azusa Pacific University in CA. Leading worship was Tim Timmons, and he opened one session with this question…”What identity did you come here with tonight?” He clarified by asking what about the many different titles/labels we take on or allow to define us. This question really got me thinking during worship. So, here it is….this is who I am.
I am a son & child of divorce. I am an older brother to two siblings. I am a former Jehovah’s Witness (until age 10). I am someone who endured years of bullying as a teen. I am the son of a former alcoholic. I am a grown adult…who found legal trouble as a teen in High School. I am deeply flawed example of a father and husband. I am often prideful and selfish in my motives. I am a minister who often struggles with feeling insignificant and under-qualified. Comparison is my Kryptonite.
I am a Child of God! I am chosen by God on purpose to do what I am doing…despite the fact that I am not what most would consider the ‘type’ He calls to ministry. I am able to put a smile on the face of my creator simply by saying ‘yes’ when He calls on me. I am loved deeply by the great I AM!
Who are you? What identity do you take on? And after pondering all of that, where’s your BUT?
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