Don’t Be So Easily Defined

IMG_20130218_124922 (2)Haven’t you ever been asked “Define yourself in one word?” I actually hate that question. It’s the ice breaker question on the first night of camp or the random question asked on a first date. I don’t know about you but my answer to that question changes all the time and to be honest who really is just one thing?

I would typically answer with either “Loud”, “Artist” or “Passionate”. But even putting my whole self into those three words are so limiting. I could also put myself into cultural groups and define myself as “Hipster” “Christian” or “Different”. We usually pick good or safe words to describe ourselves, we would never choose to be defined as “Stubborn” “Annoying” or “Liar”, but I am all those things too. In just a few sentences I’ve described myself with nine words and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg of who I am.

I’ve spent 29 years trying to figure out who I am or what “group’ I fit in. I struggled in high school with knowing where exactly I fit. I was a drama geek and loved acting, but I had friends who were in the popular group, I got straight As so I was kinda a part of the smart kids crew, I had friends who were skaters and I ran track and cross-country so I was a jock. But non of the groups fit me 100%. Even in my church youth group I didn’t feel like I completely fit. It wasn’t until I was out of high school that I realized that NO ONE actually fits into one particular group, and that’s ok.

My true identity is in Christ alone not in the church I attend or the group of friends I hang out with. I don’t dress like anyone else, I don’t talk like anyone else, I don’t live like anyone else, Because I am not like anyone else. I am unique and specially made by God. He never had plans to “define” me by one word other than “his”. And I am proud to wear that label. I am God’s and that’s all the defining I need.

Take hope in that today. You are not any one thing. You are complicated and beautiful! You are HIS!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20