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Who You are is Not What You Do

May 15, 2009

best_thingsUpon making the great move to Dallas a few years ago, experiencing the culture here is like nowhere else I’ve lived. What you wear, how you look, what you do, and what you drive is valued above who you are. In our downtown apartment community alone, I can count at least 30 Lexus’s, mercedes, bmw’s, hummers, and jaguars (all owned by twenty and thirty somethings). So yes, the kind of car you have is important.

It seems like in other places, you just don’t see this. At least that’s what our friends say when they come to visit. But why is it that we love to place our identity in what we do or in things?

Perhaps it’s a security for us. It’s easier to find identity and meaning in those things rather than in Someone we can’t see. But what if we stripped all those things away, what would we have? What if people saw us for who we really are? Not what we do or what we drive?

I think we’d all be in for a real shock- to realize that we’re all pretty much the same even if the outside appears pretty: we’re all Messy people on the inside in need of a holy and perfect God.

Though far from perfect, that’s what I’m striving for when it comes to my real identity.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. cheli permalink
    May 15, 2009 11:57 pm

    I have a friend in the area who says that when he meets a girl one of the first questions they ask is, “What kind of car do you drive?” Once he gives his answer, they are quick to show no interest. I think one of the warnings for us is to be careful not to let this mentality seep into our lives. Who knows what kind of oppourtunity for a connection we might miss out on? In fact, I believe that this type of thinking keeps blessings OUT of our lives..

  2. May 16, 2009 1:43 am

    Wow that was powerful. It’s so true that we could be hindering blessings or joy from coming into our lives. It really is a shallow thing when you think about it- to show no interest because of what someone drives. When I was dating my husband, he drove this really old red beat up car. I saw that he didn’t have a care in the world and that he just lived life. It spoke volumes to me and I knew that was the kind of man I wanted to marry! How do you think we can keep that mentality of putting our identity in things from seeping in?

  3. jakrieger permalink
    May 18, 2009 8:55 pm

    VERY good stuff Samantha! This was very challenging. We all are guilty of finding our identity in things other than Christ. Keep up the good work! I love you!

    Jeremiah

  4. May 20, 2009 4:03 pm

    It makes sense for those who have no hope to find their identity in things/status, but it makes no sense at all for those who bear the identity of Jesus Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ in me. May the Spirit keep drawing us away from false identities and closer to the Father! It is a constant – but necessary – struggle for the Christian.

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