Finding your Identity
To find the answer to this question we must first find the answer to What is your identity?
Is your identity your appearance, your DNA, your social status, your fingerprints? What about the amount of money you have, your religious beliefs, your family’s legacy, your moral code, or is it the person your government id states?
The question of who am I? and what is my purpose? derives from a lack of knowledge of one’s own identity. These two daunting and introspective questions, always seem to hit right to the core of our souls. Thus, that is where we ought to begin, if we are to find what is our identity.
So, what is your soul?
Your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions. Three components that make human beings unstoppable.
The Creator(God the father) packaged us perfectly, as he gave us a soul and in it, he placed our purpose.
That is why when the question of identity or purpose is presented, some may feel a sense of unfulfillment or may become depressed when they are not inline with their life’s purpose. These people are usually persons that have an instinctive inclination to do something extraordinary, early in their lives, but sometimes family members, friends, teachers or even success on a job can inadvertently discourage dreams, causing one to come off his/her life’s course. Left with a void and feelings of uncertainty of who they are, these people sometimes turn to drugs, alcohol, or get involved with people and or situations the lead to destruction and/or a life of regret.
On the other hand, there those people who are connected with their life’s’ purpose and the questions of who am I? and What is my purpose? is not a mystery, it’s elementary. There is a notable difference with a person, who knows who they are verses a person struggling with their identity. People who are walking inline with their purpose which equates to their true identity are happy, they exude confidence, they share their life’s experiences, they speak with passion and they live without regret of not going against the guidance of their soul.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
On the surface alone, some people may say this quote isn’t a quote that speaks directly to the question of one’s identity, but on the contrary, this quote speaks more directly to one’s true identity than a job.
Let me explain.
Every human is created specifically for a suited purpose a.k.a your true work. Your true work is not to be confused with your day job. Your day job is temporary, even if you are a permanent staff with a big office, your job can be taken away from you at anytime. Your position at your job is not who you are, it is what you are paid to do. Your identity is who you are at your core/soul. Your identity cannot be taken away from you, and the same for your true work. The two go hand in hand. Pandemics, a bad economy and job cuts have no say of who you are.
I want you to think about a famous and successful athlete, a world-renowned respected chef, or an artist who is considered an artistic genius. Now ask yourself the question, what do they all have in common? Pretty much anyone who is considered the best in their field have one thing in common, they all love what they do. And for these people what they do is synonymous to who they are. That is why when the best are asked questions about the area they are dominating in, you would normally get responses like; This is my life or I can’t imagine my life without it.
If you find what you love, you find who you are.
I would like to admonish everyone reading this blog, who is in search of their true identity to set aside some personal time for yourself and do some soul searching. Identify your natural talents or giftings, and meditate on them. Next, think about all of your hobbies and what about them you like or love? Now ask yourself is there a connection between your natural giftings and your hobbies? When you find your answer to these two questions, you will find who you are. I must warn you, it’s not as easy as it sounds and it may take awhile. Once you find your identity, you must then decide what you want to be known for.
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