Identity: the fact of being who or what a person is.
So the question then becomes, “Who am I?” I am Liz, but what is it that I will do with my life?
Before DTS, I struggled with self image. I believed, and in turn lived, according to what others said about me. I was walking in the belief that "I am what I do". I also believed that my value came from how well I performed. I struggled just to look in the mirror, I had anxiety over any school grade less than an A, and had a fear of failure. Too much time was spent dwelling over the words and thoughts others had about me. I would even stress over how things would look on my resume!
I knew the truth about what Jesus said about me, but I realized that there is a difference between knowing it and living it. In Luke 10:38-42 there is a story of Martha and Mary. Martha worked and worked, while Mary placed herself at the feet of Jesus spending time in His presence. I was busy being like Martha, when the Lord was asking me to be like Mary. I was staying busy because I thought that is where I would find my identity and value. I was mistaken.
I realized that as I was speaking lies to myself, I was devaluing what Jesus did for me, through His life, death and resurrection. I am a wonderful masterpiece, not because of who I am, but because of who created me. My identity in Christ will never change. I am always His daughter. I am made in His image. I was made just the way He wanted me. Not only did He die for me, but He also lived so I would know how to walk the earth, reflecting His glory!
In November, I got baptized to make the public expression of this inward victory. With it, I proclaimed that I was moving from head knowledge and into who the Lord created me to be. My relationship with God was no longer based on how many Bible facts I knew, how many places I volunteered at, how well I deemed I was doing in life, or what I believed my calling was. My identity is in Him, not in the world or in my flesh. I am His daughter.
Are you also struggling in answering the question "Who am I?" Tackle that question and grow deeper in your relationship with God in your Discipleship Training School (DTS) at YWAM Charlotte!
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