Who Am I?

June 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Personal Growth

“Can you take a long article and cut it down for me?” asked the church secretary.  “Sure, I'd be glad to help you out.  How long is the original article?” I replied.”  Well—we asked for a bio, and received a four-page article.  I only have space for about 75-100 words.”  You’re talking a major reduction here!  Sure, I'm up for the challenge. Give me a couple of days.” I said, before ending the phone conversation.

Isn't that just how life is?  We think our life is “all that” and we can go on for pages about how important we are, detailing the big events and accomplishments we have experienced. When someone wants to know who we are, we tell him what we do instead of sharing about our inner person.

If a woman has a hysterectomy or a mastectomy, is she any less a woman?  If a man loses his arms and legs and can no longer labor for a living, is he any less of a man? If we removed all the things we do in life, and take away the way we look, what is left? What is our essence?  If you had to whittle away all the extraneous fluff and leave behind only the parts about you that Jesus sees, how would you describe yourself in 100 words or less?  The Bible talks about so much of what we do being wood, hay, and stubble that can be burned away in the refining fire. If you removed all of that, what would be left? On my eating plan, I cut away all the fat from my meat so I can measure the allotted amount.  If you were to cut the “fat” from your life, what would remain?

See how important it is to get to the essence of who you really are?  Writers might call it a thesis statement. Businesses might call it a mission statement. Socialites errantly want to “make a statement” but Jesus just wants us emptied of self and ready to be filled up with His Spirit.

I don't let my resume or my health problems define who I am.  Besides, it's more important Whose I am.

Now it's your turn.  Who are you?

PRAYER: Lord, empty me of everything that is not You.  Help me to desire the complete and full life that only comes from being completely available to You.

“As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after you”, Psalm 42:1 KJV.

Today’s devotion is by Kathy Carlton Willis, wife to Russ, pastor’s wife to many, author, editor, publicist, and speaker.  Kathy Carlton Willis Communications encompasses her many passions. Learn more at: http://kcwcomm.blogspot.com/ or http://www.kathycarltonwillis.com/.

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