I don’t remember my exact answer but it probably when something like this “Hi, I’m Emily a single gal from Wisconsin. I work at a non-profit and absolutely love what I do. I like to kayak, garden, bake anything with chocolate and books are my love language.”
My job title, likes and where I am from are a part of my story but they aren’t the whole story. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I should have shared my innermost struggles and secrets with these new friends. In the chaos of that coffee shop, I was reminded that who I am is much more than what I’ve accomplished.
That morning in the coffee shop wasn’t my first encounter with a misplaced identity. Several years ago I experienced a season of waiting. I had recently left my dream job and moved back to my hometown. I began searching for a job, and it took a LOT longer than I expected. Weeks became months and months became almost two years of of volunteering, searching and waiting. My resume was full and it looked like I had everything employers were seeking. Yet, there I was without a full time job.
I can honestly look back and say that those years were not wasted. God’s plans and timing where better than I could have asked or imagine. In that season of serving I learned that my identity isn’t rooted in accomplishments, a job title, or degree. These things are good gifts but they are all temporary and will one day fade away. Would your purpose change because you lost your job? I love what I do, but creating events for children with special needs is what I do, it’s not who I am.
True identity is more about whose you are then what you do.
1 Peter 2:9 says that we are chosen, blessed, beloved, and created to share His light and love to those around us. Ephesians 1: 1-14 reminds us that in Christ and because of his lavish grace we are faithful, blessed, chosen, made blameless, adopted, redeemed and forgiven. He calls us, not because of what we have done but because what he has done for us. The freedom of the gospel is that our identity is made complete through Christ.
When you are lacking courage or confidence, have hope that the only title you need is daughter of the most High King.