“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
If you’re a mom, it is hard not to find your identity in what you do. Your whole life is wrapped up in it. But, what happens when your kids grow up and you’re an empty-nester? What happens to your identity now? You’re still a mother but you’re not doing what mothers do any longer.
What happens if you’re a business owner and you lose your business? Your identity was totally wrapped up in that business and now it’s gone.
What happens if you’re an athlete with big dreams and you sustain a major injury? That was your identity. Now what?
This can even be true for those of us who are religious. What happens if everybody views you as a saint and in your humanness, you make a mistake? People no longer believe in you as this spiritual leader.
Remember, you are not what you do. You’re God’s beloved. No one can ever take that from you.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I find my identity in you. What I do is not who I am. Who I am is your beloved child. Amen.
REFLECTION: What brings you most comfort – your identity in what you do or your identity as a child of God?