In an effort to give Choose to Trust readers new perspective, I have asked other bloggers and thinkers to contribute posts on the topic of identity. Today’s guest post come from Sharita Knobloch. Sharita describes herself as a Jesus-loving, enthusiastically creative minister, writer, and Blackaby Spiritual Leadership Coach. She loves encouraging others to find Jesus in the everyday at 7 Days Time Ministry. She adores her family, specifically her Beloved U.S. Army Infantry husband Brandon, their sweet daughter Charis, and goofy little dog Justus. Sharita enjoys exploring her current “home” state of Washington, working on her love-hate relationship with running, breaking in new journals with inky pens, and the occasional square of dark chocolate in the bathtub.
I use it everywhere.
At the grocery store. Getting gas. Picking up my kiddo from daycare. Driving to my house. Going to the doctor. Paying my bills. Snagging that new bargain at our thrift store. Checking out a library book.
My military spouse ID is nearly the key to my very existence (or at least productivity) in my day-to-day function as an army wife.
Although I have been an army wife for a few years now, it still boggles my mind how much power that little brown card holds. I remember my “civilian” days when the only times I needed my ID were getting stopped by a cop (only happened once) or when I bought the occasional “adult beverage.” (Getting carded in that realm of life now falls in the category of “days gone by…” #Sigh.)
Now, my whole world seems to revolve around that Uncle Sam-issued card.
This focused identity reminds me of the season of life right after I started following Jesus.
See, I have always been a person who was self-identified by my accomplishments. My identity was in what I did.
I was the collegiate over-achiever. The good-grades-getter. The encourager. The hard worker. The people pleaser. The one who wanted to go bigger-higher-faster.
The one who found her identity in people, places and things that pass away—just like my active duty military spouse ID will eventually expire.
My identity is not in what I do but rather who I am in Christ.
This was a really, really hard lesson to learn. One that I am still wrestling with so many years later.
It is important that we not confuse our roles with our identity. Our God-given roles change with the seasons of life. I will not always be a military spouse. Or the mama of a toddler. Or a leader in my church. Or a blogger. Or a minister.
Eventually, be it tomorrow or in 50 years, those roles will fade. It is during those moments when we determine just where our identity is truly found.
When we root our identity solely in Christ…
We can face challenges with hope.
We stand firm in the face of adversity.
Our world stays intact, even if our dreams don’t come to fruition like we planned.
Our definition of success is radically countercultural.
We are able to live not for just the next day but for Tomorrow.
Our faith inspires others to run after Jesus.
Although a list of worldly accomplishments and a military spouse ID card allegedly possess “power,” they don’t have anything on an identity found in the Savior of the World.
The next time someone asks to see your ID, think a little deeper than that card in your wallet. If our hearts were “carded” by Christ, whose picture would He see?
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Scott works with followers of Christ to energize discipleship, improve relationships, decrease anxiety and facilitate leadership development. He is a certified coach specializing in pastoral leadership, relationships, discipleship, life transitions, and Christian identity. Also, I am the author of the forthcoming book Discovering Your Root: Developing Your Identity in Christ.
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