In my recent interview with my good friend Mark Waters (just went LIVE today), he shared something very enlightening with me. It was so good, I had to share it again. He said as a survival mechanism he typically found his identity from the following 3 things:
- What you have.
- What you can do or what you have done.
- What others think of you.
This is a very telling truth that Mark was able to notice about his own life. As he shared this during our chat, it resonated with me in a very personal way. You know how it is when someone puts into words what you’ve been feeling or thinking for a long time? It’s powerful! So in an attempt to take Mark’s observation one step further, here are some helpful words I’ll attach to what he’s describing (yes all beginning with the same letter for memorization purposes):
- Performance (present or past, good or bad)
- People’s Personal Perspective
In other words, if I base my identity on what I own or have, what I have done or am doing now or what others think of me then I’m basing my identity on created things and creatures (people) instead of my Creator. I’m made in His image and no one elses. That means I was made to reflect His glory and goodness. The more I find myself in who He is and not who I am, what I have, how I live or what others think of me then the more I discover my true identity.
“I’m basing my identity on created things and creatures (people) instead of my Creator.”
I hope this helps. Listen to the full episode again with Mark Waters. If it helps or encourages you, please share it with others.