Written By: Michelle Spano
“Nobody really knows who I am” lamented my daughter. Her most recent costume was technically a princess, but a very specific one. She was Rosalina from Super Mario. No sooner was the observation out of her lips did a word of confidence follow. She followed up with, “It’s ok. I know who I am.” And off she went. Meanwhile, I was left thinking of her words….It’s ok, I know who I am.
So who are you, Momma?
Sometimes it’s hard to remember who we are in this topsy-turvy world. We are inundated with our many roles – some expected and some not. Maybe this homeschooling gig was not something you purposely planned when you had kids. Yet through various circumstances, here you are.
On top of our various roles, we live in a culture where our identity is under attack. It’s easy to forget who we are when the culture says we need to find our identity in our differences. Or when we are told that our physical characteristics determine our identity. Or who knows what identity even is because it’s fluid?! Our culture cries out, who or what do you identify as today? And how will that be different tomorrow?
If you feel like you are drowning in the lies of the culture or need to remember where identity is found, Ephesians 1 is a good start. For the Christian, our identity is not found in our role as mother or wife or homeschool mom. It’s not found in woman, our skin color, or our income. It’s not found in boss lady, runner, baker, or musician. Those might be beautiful descriptions of how we uniquely reflect God’s image and demonstrate how He uniquely gifted us. But if that’s all our identity is in, then we are going to feel incomplete.
First and foremost, if you are in Christ, you are God’s child. That is your first identifier. Ephesians is filled with them. If you need a reminder, I’d like to boldly and respectfully and lovingly suggest that you go spend some time with the Lord. Ephesians 2:1-10 lays out a beautiful transition of death and despair, to live in Christ, and if you are in Christ, that transition has occurred in you! Ask Him to remind you who you are in Him. What is true about you now that wasn’t true about you before you were in Christ?
What verses encourage you to live out and live in your identity in Christ?
How can you, or do you, teach your kids who they are in Christ?