“I always wished I would grow up to be somebody.  Maybe I should have been a little more specific.”  Lily Tomlin

Everybody wants to be somebody, but how do we know who that somebody is?  The influences of the world are happy to answer that for us…and then sell us what we need to make it happen.  No mystery at all, according to the modern western world – your identity is almost always determined by what you look like, what you do, what you have, and/or who you know.  And every time we buy into this value system, our life is a bit more focused on “I have to have…,” “I ought to…,” and “How do I get people to like me?”  To the degree we play their game, it becomes a cycle that can only give temporary results.  It really is too bad, when you think about it.

Jesus has offered us a much better option.  Rather than basing our identity on what we have, how we perform, or the people we know, Jesus has called us into the mystery of the ages – that we might experience the terrific realization that our true identity is only found in Him (not in ourselves).  Remember Paul’s description of this powerful mystery?  “To them (believers in Christ), God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is, Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

Pastor Rob has written an excellent article in this newsletter regarding our youth and specifically the identity of our seniors as they graduate this month.  I hope every youth, and especially their parents, take time to read it.  We all, though, are susceptible to losing or not knowing our identities, regardless of our age.

If you or I are taken in by the need to find our identity in things of this world, there is relief available.  By relief, I mean freedom and peace.  If we take time to discover who we are in Christ, and who He is in us, we will rest in our true freedom and peace.

Lord, show us the ways we have bought into the world’s system of possessions, performance, and people to determine our worth and identity.  The world has no right to place demands on us.  What You call us to do instead, will always be more fulfilling – for us and others.  Lead us then, into this mystery that comes with understanding who we are in You and You in us.  We want the real thing.  We want to be that somebody.  Amen.

Blessings to you all,