This is a video of what was one of my favorite children stories and it illustrates a wonderful point.
From the time we can talk, there is one question that is asked over and over again… What do you want to be? We are told that we can be anything we want to be, to dream big, to shoot for the moon. I think that there is a big flaw to this question and it is a flaw that pervades our society.
We often think that who we are is defined by what we own, what we do, where we live and who we know. But this is not true, if there were nothing in this world, no other people, no things, places, jobs, we would still be someone. We have an identity ingrained in us, that no one can take away.
Understanding who we are will shape the rest of our lives. Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Personally, I know that I am a daughter of God, called by name, beloved; no matter what I do, where I go, how much money or things I have, nothing will change the love of my Father in heaven.
The world tells us many things… You are not good enough, you need to be popular, you must get more. We want the world to love us, but the constant demands being made on us are too much. There is a reason why the songs “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars and “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction are popular… people want to be accepted and like without having to change.
From the time we are little, it is drilled into us that we have to become something great. We need to rethink this principle and share the truth. We have an identity in Christ our Creator who tells us…You are mine, I love you, YOU are Prefect. Think about it, without all the stuff and the positions… Who are YOU?