Shaken: Discover Your True Identity In The Midst Of Life’s Storms

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Devotional

A Future and a Hope

What do you do when life shakes you?

  • When your health fails...
  • When you lose your job...
  • When you get divorced...
  • When your dream flops...
  • When you make that one bad decision...
  • What do you do when something that has defined you your entire life is gone?
  • When your platform disappears...
  • When your perfect family is torn apart...
  • When you go bankrupt...
  • When your looks fade…

In tough moments like these, it’s easy to question who we are. When my NFL career was crumbling, at times I’d wonder the same thing. Am I the person who won the Heisman Trophy? Or am I the person who has been told over and over by so-called analysts that I can’t throw?

The dictionary defines identity as “who someone is, the name of a person, the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others.” I like to say that identity comes not necessarily from who we are, but from whose we are.

I am a child of God. My foundation for who I am is grounded in my faith. In a God who loves me. In a God who gives me purpose. In a God who sees the big picture. In a God who always has a greater plan.

Who am I? I am the object of His love.

So while I may get hurt, disappointed, or frustrated by the negative side of life’s equations, my foundation doesn’t have to change. Even if I wrestle with internal feelings, I can hold on to God’s truth. I know He’s got a plan for me, even when I don’t know what it is or when it seems to look totally different than what I imagined.

This is what identity is about. It comes from God. And it gives us a future and a hope.

How do you see yourself?

How do you think God sees you?