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Identity Crisis

Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV)

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

My Facebook feed has been slammed with posts about support groups and blogs for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis, due to my involvement with groups such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  I was reading one today that referenced Multiple Sclerosis taking someone’s identity. At first, I just shook my head. Then I started to think back prior to June 24, 2014…my identity was directly tied with my involvement with certain activities.  I have been a baseball player, baseball coach, runner, or a certain job title. I identified, first and foremost, with those descriptive labels. I solely related to those titles as who I was.

Now, I do not feel like that is the way that I describe myself to people. I don’t define myself by my title…I don’t get offended if someone misquotes my title, as that is a little part of why God has me on this earth. While I am going to do my career to the best of my ability, it will not define me. If God’s Plan leads me to becoming disabled to the point I can’t perform this role anymore, it will not alter my identity to the point that I am lost in my purpose. I am thankful for Multiple Sclerosis, as it framed my perspective in a way that most people would spend thousands of dollars to experience.  I am a child of God, husband and father. I must take care of those three, and the rest will fall into place.

I encourage you to do a self-reflection regarding your perceived identity. How do you view yourself? The trouble with defining yourself with an activity is that your chosen activity can be gone in an instant. My relationship with God is promised for eternity once I make the decision to follow Him. This is the  reason that I am at peace and now enjoying life. God’s Promise doesn’t change, therefore my identity will not change…for that truth and subsequent realization, I am forever thankful.

-Jason

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