Is your identity based off your achievements, professional title, and education? Our voice Sherea shares from personal experience about the importance of finding one’s true identity in the Word of God.
2010 turned out to be a great year for me. I was very successful in accomplishing my goals. There were many achievements, affirmations, and confirmations. I was able to cross off many of the goals that I set out to complete.
2011 was a totally different chapter. It started off very rocky. I had an abrupt move, closed a business, downsized, loss over 50% of my wages; along with the stresses and pressures of everyday life.
On March 17, 2012, I woke up in a great mood. Then, it happened; my perfect day was interrupted by an individual who decided to tell me who they THOUGHT I wasn’t.
They told me about what they thought I should be, what I should have, and why I had not achieve some of the things I had set out to do.
Later that afternoon, my husband called me on his lunch break, and I just broke down in tears. He began to remind me about who I REALLY am, what I meant to him and our family and the important role I play at my church. After we hung up, I began to reflect on the good things about my life.
I realized that, although I was experiencing some rough moments, great things were still happening in my life. I lost some of my wages from my job, but, I also launched a new business, although I moved to a much smaller space, I had a lot less financial responsibility and stress. I also had more time to work on my passions. I finished a new book and I had a few other exciting things in the works. Not bad for someone who was going through a rough and life changing transition.
I began to take a look at my vision boards. I began to read through my journals, workbooks, and glance at photos from the previous year. I realized that I wasn’t where I wanted to be, but I was definitely not what I used to be. I had accomplished so much! I was very proud.
That compelled me to take another step. I decided to create a new and different type of journal. It’s called the “I am journal”. The purpose of this journal was to look at it each time I felt sad or the lack of confidence on certain tasks. A tool that would remind me of who I am (aside from finances, job position and material possessions)…. simple, yet powerful.
Here’s where I started:
· I am Sherea
· I am an American
· I am African American
· I am female
· I am a Christian
· I am a wife of 20 years
· I am a mother of three
The above remains true, not matter where I work, or what city I move to. So I figure, if I just work on being better at the above. I’ll always be SOMEbody. I’ll always be ME. I am Sherea and I’m proud and happy with who I am.
I realized that although, I haven’t yet earned my masters degree, I should celebrate the community college units that I was taking now and learning so much from. That although I wasn’t earning my ideal income, I still had my earning ability. No matter where I lived. I realized that being a goal setter was not just about looking forward to the future, but not ignoring the present, because it too is a gift.
Being a Christian, I was able to go a little further. I needed to make sure that I knew who I was in Christ. Here’s a reminder:
I AM a child of God. (Romans 8:16)
I AM redeemed from the hand of the enemy. (Psalm 107:2)
I AM forgiven. (Colossians 1:13, 14)
I AM saved by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8)
I AM justified. (Romans 5:1)
I AM sanctified. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
I AM a new creature in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I AM a partaker of His divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
I AM redeemed from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13)
I AM delivered from the powers of darkness. (Colossians 1:13)
I AM led by the Spirit of God. (Romans 8:14)
I AM a son of God. (Romans 8:14)
I AM kept in safety wherever I go. (Psalm 91:11)
I AM getting all my needs met by Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
I AM casting all my cares on Jesus. (1 Peter 5:7)
I AM strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)
I AM doing all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
I AM an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. (Romans 8:17)
I AM heir to the blessing of Abraham. (Galatians 3:13, 14)
I AM observing and doing the Lord’s commandments. (Deuteronomy 28:12)
I AM blessed coming in and going out. (Deuteronomy 28:6)
I AM an inheritor of eternal life. (1 John 5:11, 12)
I AM blessed with all spiritual blessings. (Ephesians 1:3)
I AM healed by His stripes. (1 Peter 2:24)
I AM exercising my authority over the enemy. (Luke 10:19)
I AM above only and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
I AM more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
I AM establishing God’s Word here on earth. (Matthew 16:19)
I AM an over comer by the blood of the Lamb and my testimony. (Revelation 12:11)
I AM daily overcoming the devil. (1 John 4:4)
I AM not moved by what I see. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)
I AM walking by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
I AM casting down vain imaginations. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)
I AM bringing every thought into captivity (2 Corinthians 10:5)
I AM being transformed by a renewed mind. (Romans 12:1, 2)
I AM a laborer together with God. (1 Corinthians 3:9)
I AM the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I AM an imitator of Jesus. (Ephesians 5:1)
I AM the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
I AM God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared for me to walk in. (Ephesians 2:10)
So, what about you? Aside from your job, bank account and college degree – who are you?
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