The way you answer that makes all the difference.
Smart? Beautiful? Successful? Be careful. Those things can change so quickly. When they do (or when they’re not as good as the next person), then what’s left to define you?
But maybe you answer the question, “Who am I?” differently. Dumb? Outcast? Unlovable? Be careful. We have a tendency to embrace our labels—including the bad ones—and turn them into self-fulfilling prophecies.
God wants you to know who you are. The deep-down, real, lasting you. The thing about you that can never change and will never lead to self-loathing.
God says, “You are mine. I made you. I love you. I redeemed you. You don’t need to be afraid. I know your name. Who you are—who I made you to be—it’s wonderful!
“But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’” (Isaiah 43:1)
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