The topic for today’s Five Minute Friday (with Gypsy Mama) is an intriguing one for me. I can’t believe I’m going to tackle it in only five minutes, but here goes:
The idea of identity has always been a tough one for me to get my head around. I’ve never been able to identify as just one role. Even when it came to putting my blog together, I struggled. Am I a homeschool mom or a writer? A mommy blogger or an author with a webpage? And now that we’re living here in China, am I a Canadian? An expat? What or who do I identify with?
In chatting with an American friend this week we discussed how Canadians are quick to identify their non-American-ness. Wherever we go here, we hear people discussing us and they’ll often make assumptions about where we’re from. We’re always quick to correct them and let them know, “No, I’m not American. I’m Canadian.” It’s that distinctive Canadian need to be distinct. Our American friend didn’t understand why, but every Canadian I know would relate in an instant.
But are any of these things my true identity? Is this where I find my fulfillment? No.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
It is in Christ that my identity makes sense. I’m not a split personality, straddling the worlds of writer and homeschool mommy–I’m a complete person in Him, the streams of His creativity and love flowing out from me in more than one direction. I am who He created me to be.